This combination of cucumber, honeydew, and green grapes makes for a simple and refreshing summer salad. Serve up this Honeydew Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing as an appetizer or a dessert!
You can even serve this salad with a meal as a counterpoint to something spicy, like a curry. If serving this salad as a dessert, you could eat it plain or as a healthy topping for a tasty cake or sweet bread.
How to Make Honeydew Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
- Combine honeydew, cucumber, and grapes in bowl.
- Whisk together dressing and pour over the salad.
- Top salad with mint, stir, and serve.
Full directions for how to make Honeydew Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing are in the printable recipe card below.
Honeydew Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing FAQs
Can I use different fruits in this salad?
Yes, you can easily swap out the fruits–and veggies, in the case of the cucumber—in this salad. The combination of honeydew, cucumber, and grapes is a classic, but feel free to get creative! You could try adding some pineapple, mango, strawberries, or even apple slices. The sky is the limit! Just make sure to cut whatever fruits you choose into bite-size pieces for easy eating.
Do I have to use homemade dressing?
You don't have to make and use the homemade dressing in this recipe if you don't want to. Just reach for your favorite store-bought poppy seed dressing instead! You could even use a completely different kind of salad dressing if you want to. I recomend using a sweeter option, but you can get creative.
What are the health benefits of poppy seeds?
Poppy seeds aren't necessarily considered a health food, but they do add a special something to whatever dressing or dish they are in. There may be some digestion benefits from eating poppy seeds as well as stronger hair, skin, and nails. But regardless of the benefits, poppy seeds taste delicious!
Honeydew Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
- ½ medium honeydew de-seeded, flesh scooped with a melon baller
- ½ medium English cucumber seed membrane scraped out, cut into half moons
- ½ lb seedless green grapes cut in half, about 1 1⁄2 cups
- ½ lime juiced
- 1 tsp canola oil or olive oil
- 1 tsp water
- 1 tsp honey or agave nectar
- 1 ½ tsp poppy seeds
- 4 large fresh mint leaves thinly sliced
- In a large serving bowl, combine the honeydew, cucumber, and grapes.
- Whisk the lime juice, oil, water, honey, and poppy seeds in a small bowl or glass measuring cup, and pour over the honeydew mixture. Make sure to scrape any stubborn poppy seeds onto the salad!
- Top salad with mint, give a good stir, and serve immediately.
Paulette Phlipot is an award-winning food, travel, and lifestyle photographer. To learn more about her work, visit p3images.com.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables© 2012 by Cheryl Sternman Rule, photography by Paulette Phlipot; Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group.
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