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.
tablespoon lime juice
tablespoon balsamic vinegar
tablespoon olive oil
red onion, minced
cantaloupe, rind removed, seeded and cut into ½” chunks
cup feta, rough chopped
minced fresh herbs, such as basil, mint, sage, or tarragon
teaspoon fresh ground white pepper
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.