What's in Season: 6 Savory Melon Dishes

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 4:08 PM, July 20, 2016

Rachael Ray Show

Aired July 20, 2016

Want to add a hint of summer sweetness to a savory dish? Why not use fresh, in-season melon? Read on for six savory recipes that are brightened by the sweet addition of melon.

No. 1: Chicken Paillard with Prosciutto, Melon and Mint Salad

This figure-friendly dish is the perfect summer meal — light and bright.

No. 2: Jeanette’s Italian-Style Grilled Watermelon Pizza

To make this fun fake-out, our culinary team pro Jeannette takes a round slice of watermelon, including the rind, and grills it. Then, she tops it with delicious savory toppings.

No. 3: Watermelon & Tomato Gazpacho

Watermelon adds sweetness to this refreshing chilled soup. Rach serves with grilled shrimp for dipping.

No. 4: Rick Bayless' Watermelon-Ginger Guacamole


For a totally different take on guac, try this alcoholic recipe from Rick Bayless. He soaks watermelon in tequila, then mixes with avocado, grated ginger, lime, chile, herbs and salt.

No. 5: Italian Chef Salad

This intensely flavored multi-layered salad features everything from potatoes, to tomatoes, to prosciutto, to Ricotta Salata cheese, to our star ingredient – cubes of ripe, sweet melon.

No. 6: Watermelon Salsa

Make your salsa extra refreshing for hot summer days by making it with watermelon, cucumber and mint.

What’s your favorite recipe that features melon? Tell us below.