The heat is here and so we look to deliciously cooling vegetables like cucumber and melon to help refresh us o these long hot days. This salsa might seem to be a little out there for some, but it is delicious. Plus, as Illinois is one of the largest producers of melons in the country, we should all work to find more ways to be kind to cantaloupe.
This recipe was originally developed as part of our Kids Kits 2021 program, with financial support from Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and Office of the Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Cutting Board
- Juicer (optional)
- 2.5 cups cantaloupe (about ½ a medium cantaloupe), diced (1/4 inch)
- 1/4 cup sweet or red onion finely chopped
- 1/4 cup cucumber diced (1/4 inch)
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 2 Tbsp fresh basil or cilantro finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp salt
- black pepper freshly ground, to taste
- Cut the cantaloupe in half from end to end, remove the seeds and pulp from the center with a spoon and discard the seeds and pulp. Place half of the cantaloupe face down on the cutting board and remove the rind with a knife. Dice the cantaloupe into 1/4-inch pieces.
- Peel the cucumber. Cut the cucumber in half from end to end and use a spoon to remove the seeds from the each half. Discard the seeds and the rind/skin. Dice the cucumber into 1/4-inch pieces.
- Dice the onion into the smallest pieces that you are comfortable cutting and then use your knife to chop the pile of diced onion until the pieces are smaller than a 1/4-inch dice.
- Chop or tear the basil into small ribbons or pieces. Or, chop the cilantro as small as you want it to be.
- Mix everything together in the large bowl and serve.
- Serve immediately with tortilla chips or over grilled fish or chicken.