Melon and papaya balls in honey ginger dressing

Melon and papaya salad

Watermelon, muskmelon and papaya…all in the same plate. What more can you ask for this summer? Oh..I know.. don’t say mangoes. Well.. this one’s like a little break from mangoes..but oh, trust me, this salad is highly refreshing.

Colourful and gorgeous fruit balls with a flavourful dressing.. it’s a great summer delight!

Don’t let the fruit balls fool you. It won’t need you to sweat and toil in the scorchin’ heat. A couple of minutes and this salad will be already ready for plating.

Melon and papaya balls in honey ginger dressing Recipe

Preparation Time- 20 minutes (plus chilling time)

Serves- 5-6


Main Ingredients-

Watermelon, scooped out in balls or cubed (seedless)- 2 cups
Musk melon, scooped out in balls or cubed- 2 cups
Papaya, scooped out in balls or cubed- 2 cups


3 tbsp honey
1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp ginger juice
1 tbsp finely chopped mint
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
salt-to taste

Directions- 1. Mix all the main ingredients and chill.

Step 1

2. Mix all the ingredients mentioned under the heading ‘dressing’. Stir to mix. That’s the dressing.

Step 2

3.Just before serving, add the dressing to the main ingredients. Toss to combine.

Now that's what I'm talkin' about !
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about !

Watermelon salad with rose and mint syrup

Let’s take a break from the mangooey goodness and shift our focus on another delicious fruit of the season…yes, it’s watermelon. It is most commonly used to make coolers, lemonades and the like. A refreshing fruit in itself, it makes any dish a refreshing one.

Here’s a summer salad with the triple dose of freshness—watermelon, mint and rose.

It is unlike any other salad and will most surely appeal your sweet tooth.

watermelon salad
Watermelon salad with rose and mint syrup recipe

Serves 5

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Chilling Time: 30 minutes (minimum)

Adapted from Australian Gourmet Traveller


400 grams watermelon balls/chunks
2/3 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup mint leaves
2 tsp rosewater
¼ cup water

1. Scoop out the watermelon using a melon scooper. Refrigerate it till the time of serving. The salad is best served chilled.


2. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Stir over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add the mint leaves and the rosewater. Let it cook for another minute. Remove from heat and cool completely. Strain and discard the solids. Refrigerate the syrup for at least 30 minutes or until serving.


3. Place the watermelon balls in the serving bowl. Drizzle the rose- mint syrup. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately.

 watermelon salad


  1. If you don’t have a melon scooper, chop the watermelon into chunks. The main thing is to ensure that they’re seedless.
  2. The salad is best served chilled. It would be great if the watermelon balls (or chunks) can be refrigerated for a longer duration before serving.