This cantaloupe salad with mint, pineapple and cous cous is a light, colorful and flavorful summer side salad. Plus, this salad with cantaloupe and pineapple meshes perfectly with creamy mozzarella and a light olive oil dressing for a nutritious mint fruit salad.
Who loves a good summer grain salad? I know I do. This summer quinoa salad is a big hit, but I wanted something a little different.
I was aiming for a blend of savory, sweet and sassy. And this arugula cantaloupe salad was just that.
Truthfully, I was inspired to add mint to this cantaloupe salad recipe after caring for my neighbor’s garden. She had so much mint and offered me some.
I love mint in my cocktails but wanted to “experimint” with it more in food dishes, like a pineapple mint salad.
Camryn had asked for cantaloupe this week from the grocery store (I always use this easy grocery list as a guide).
So, we had that and pineapple on hand, and I figured adding a spicy red onion and some savory mozzarella balls would all pair together nicely in this summer melon salad.
This cantaloupe salad is also finished with the perfect olive oil balsamic honey dressing to mesh everything together over a bed of arugula.
And have you ever paired cous cous and mint together? It’s delicious!
The most labor intensive part is cutting up the fruit and red onion. Then, you’ll cook your cous cous, and throw everything over a bed of arugula, spinach or your favorite greens.
I’m delicate when adding the pineapple salad dressing because I don’t enjoy soggy leftovers. So, I’ll usually just add the dressing to the salad as I enjoy it.
And then it makes for great leftovers!
Here’s what you need for this arugula pineapple salad. We’re highlighting the delicious pineapple and cantaloupe, fun summer fruits that are also great for hydration!
The honey balsamic vinegar dressing is super simple and only requires four ingredients: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lime, honey and salt/pepper to taste.
The salt and pepper bring out all of the flavors – sweetness from the fruit, peppery flavors to balance the sweetness, and a spicy tangy flavor as well.
This cantaloupe mint couscous salad is all around awesome!
You could totally make this cantaloupe pineapple salad recipe a complete meal by adding more couscous and a protein of your choice.
Chicken makes for a great fruit pairing, like in this chicken and strawberry salad, but you have other options too.
Shrimp skewers, blackened chicken or cubed tofu would all be delicious, but really, anything you choose. We also tend to do a lot of salmon on salads, like in this broccoli kale salad.
I love this cantaloupe salad so much because it’s so flexible and forgiving and can really be customized to your likings.
I love to serve it with a summer entree. Some of my favorites include:
This cantaloupe pineapple salad recipe is perfect for your summer gatherings, cookouts, barbecues, and pool days!
To store, keep in tight glass tupperware container in the fridge for 2-3 days. I like to save the dressing for when I'm eating it, rather than pouring it on at once, to avoid it getting soggy.
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What’s your favorite type of summer salad?