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21 Reasons We're Not Mad It's Still Melon Season

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Yes: Sweet, juicy honeydews and cantaloupes are summertime staples. And, yes, peak melon season has come and gone. But, as you’ve probably seen at your local market, farmers pick the orange and green fruits until at least October. (Plus, let’s be real, you can get your hands on less-than-perfect melons all year round.)

Let me tell you my go-to honeydew or cantaloupe meal: sliced and in a bowl. Maybe topped with some greek yogurt. I like it plain, but I'll admit it can get a bit boring. But time is on my side during melon season; I can still change up my game!

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It turns out there are tons of ways to transform this fresh fruit into satisfying dinners, drinks, or desserts. There's no reason to stick to my drab—or, I daresay, melon-choly—routine. Join me in embracing the tail-end of melon season with these 21 soups, salads, and snacks. It will be out-of-season before we know it.

Snacks

Roasted Melon Seeds
Roasted Melon Seeds
Seared Cantaloupe and Caraway

Seared Cantaloupe and Caraway by Colleen Stem

Hot and Sweet Salsa with Tomato, Avocado and Melon

Hot and Sweet Salsa with Tomato, Avocado and Melon by Bevi

Today's Not Sad Desk Lunch: Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon

Today's Not Sad Desk Lunch: Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon by Food52

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Crab & Cantaloupe Tacos with Pickled Jicama “Tortillas”

Crab & Cantaloupe Tacos with Pickled Jicama “Tortillas” by Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

Salads

Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad with Basil and Feta
Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad with Basil and Feta
Purslane Salad

Purslane Salad by linzarella

Quick-Pickled Cucumber-Melon Salad

Quick-Pickled Cucumber-Melon Salad by MeghanVK

Black Bean with Melon(s) and Feta Salad
Black Bean with Melon(s) and Feta Salad
Melon and Nectarine Shaved Summer Salad

Melon and Nectarine Shaved Summer Salad by Scheherezade Daftary

Melon and Watercress Salad with Honey-Marcona Almond Dressing

Melon and Watercress Salad with Honey-Marcona Almond Dres... by em-i-lis

Summer Melon Salad with Harissa, Feta, and Mint

Summer Melon Salad with Harissa, Feta, and Mint by EmilyC

Fruit Salad with Tahini-Coconut Dressing

Fruit Salad with Tahini-Coconut Dressing by Ali Slagle

Soups

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup by Chef Gwen

White Gazpacho with Cantaloupe

White Gazpacho with Cantaloupe by Amanda Hesser

Gazpacho with Honeydew & Peppadew

Gazpacho with Honeydew & Peppadew by debbiek

Roasted Cantaloupe and Shrimp Bisque

Roasted Cantaloupe and Shrimp Bisque by hardlikearmour

Sweets

Melon Jam

Melon Jam by Emiko

Fresh honeydew sorbet with lime and black pepper

Fresh honeydew sorbet with lime and black pepper by hope.thurman

The Joy Kitchen's Roasted Cantaloupe

The Joy Kitchen's Roasted Cantaloupe by Genius Recipes

Peach Pistachio -or- Cantaloupe Lime Lassis

Peach Pistachio -or- Cantaloupe Lime Lassis by fiveandspice

Tell us below: how do you use your melon?

Tags: melon, honeydew, cantaloupe, muskmelon