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Savory Cantaloupe and Feta Salad


This cantaloupe salad with feta and sage is the sort of dish that taught me to learn to love cantaloupe. Cantaloupe has a certain muskiness to it (in fact, one of its names is “muskmelon”) that makes it work wonderfully in a savory salad. Here, the distinct flavor is set off by spicy red onion, fresh sage, creamy feta, and a hint of balsamic. Basil or mint are more traditional additions, but feel free to experiment with whatever you have on hand.


1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoon olive oil
½ red onion, minced
½ teaspoon salt
1 cantaloupe, rind removed, seeded and cut into ½” chunks
½ cup feta, rough chopped
¼ minced fresh herbs, such as basil, mint, sage, or tarragon
1 teaspoon fresh ground white pepper
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Whisk together the lime juice, balsamic, and olive oil. Add the red onion and salt. Roughly 20 minutes before serving, toss the cantaloupe, feta, and dressing in a large salad bowl. Add the fresh herbs, and finish with the ground pepper. To make ahead, simply prepare the fruit and feta, and add the dressing just before serving.

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