Fruit Salad in a Cantaloupe Basket

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

Fresh fruit served in a cantaloupe bowl makes a refreshing dessert for a casual dinner or barbeque.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using a non-toxic marker, draw a zigzag pattern on the cantaloupe.
  2. Cut deeply into the melon along the pattern.
  3. Separate the halves and seed.
  4. Use a melon baller to scoop the flesh from the cantaloupe and honeydew into balls.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In a large glass or ceramic bowl, combine the sugar, lime juice, orange liqueur and lime peel.
  7. Stir well until sugar is dissolved.
  8. Add the melon balls, berries and grapes.
  9. Toss gently to combine.
  10. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to blend flavours, stirring a couple of times.
  11. Spoon the fruit mixture into the hollowed out melon halves or into serving bowls.
  12. Serve immediately.


Most Helpful

Simply wonderful. I used Grand Marnier, so my "dressing" was oh-so-mellow. I would have added some whole strawberries to garnish, but the red grapes also added quite a bit of red accent, so extra strawberries were unnecessary. I vote for the orange-flavored liqueur! Thanks for posting this recipe, Dreamer! Made for 1-2-3 Hit Wonders Tag.

KateL August 03, 2009

I like the idea of the melon bowls, but didn't use them this time around! Also omitted the liqueur but did include a rounded teaspoon EACh of lemon, lime & orange! And, since I don't always like picking & choosing, I used a 1/2 cup EACH of strawberries, raspberries AND blueberries, as well as 3/4 cup of red grapes AND 1/2 cup of some very small, very tasty green grapes that were bought at a roadside stand here in the desert! This is REALLY AN OUTSTANDING SALAD, & a recipe that's worth keeping around! [Tagged, made & reviewed for a teammate in our vegan group in the Vegetarian/Vegan Recipe Swap]

Sydney Mike August 05, 2008

Wonderful fruit salad and so pretty. The lime flavor gave this a little zing which I appreciated. It was very easy to make the little cantalope basket. I subbed watermelon for the honeydew, which I just don't care for. I also used fresh blueberries and the red seedless grapes.

Kim127 May 29, 2008

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