Thanksgiving Fruity Appetizer

This crunchy cantaloupe soup is a year-round favorite. Although tastier in summer, cantaloupe is made available to us in supermarkets in all seasons and here is a delicious unique way to enjoy it. The rich, warm colors of this healthy “soup” make it an especially desirable candidate as a light appetizer for Thanksgiving dinner.

The recipe also calls for figs. Depending on where you live, you may not be able to find them fresh at this time of year. Don’t be shy to use dried figs instead. Soaked in warm water for about 2 hours, they’ll taste wonderfully sweet and will deliver their nutritional punch just as effectively. Just make sure you buy them organic and sulfite-free, as commercially grown dried figs may be treated with sulfur dioxide gas during processing.

Finally, this recipe is inspired by the Southern-European tradition of combining melon with dry-cured ham. A delicious vegetarian alternative is to substitute shavings of aged Parmesan.


Serves 3-4


1 medium cantaloupe or Ĺ a big one (seeded, peeled and diced)

2 small sliced cucumbers or 1 medium one (washed and sliced; peeled if non-organic or if you want to preserve the warm tone of the dish)

1-inch piece of fresh ginger (peeled and sliced)

juice of Ĺ lemon (or to taste)

leaves of 4-5 twigs of fresh mint (washed)

4 figs — Black Mission figs are fleshier and are usually recommended in recipes but any kind will do (wash them if fresh; soak them in warm water for 2 hours if dried)

pumpkin seeds

4 thin slices of dry-cured ham (Prosciutto-style), each shredded into 3-4 pieces / vegetarian alternative: aged Parmesan shavings


1/ Crumple the pieces of dry-cured ham on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Put them in the oven at lowest temperature until crispy (about 20 minutes).

2/ Blend the cantaloupe into a smooth puree.

3/ Add to it cucumber(s) + ginger + lemon juice. Blend.

4/ Chop mint leaves and stir into the mixture. Blend for 1-2 seconds.

5/ Slice the figs delicately (a serrated knife makes it easier)

6/† Pour the “soup” into 3 or 4 bowls, sprinkle with figs, crispy ham or Parmesan shavings, pumpkin seeds.


Magdalena J.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Yummy! Thanks.

Priscilla G.
Priscilla G7 years ago

This sound interesting I never thought of making soup out of Cantaloupe (we call it Rock Melon in Aust) will have to try this it sound yummy and I love Rock Melons.

Athena C.
Athena C7 years ago

An interesting way to use the cantelope. I wonder if this would work with pumpkin?

Girl Upnorth
.7 years ago

(Almost) none of the products are local to me, so I'll pass this time. But thanks anyway!

ruth a.
ruth a7 years ago

All I can think about is how far many of these ingredients must have traveled to get to me, especially at this time of year. No thanks!

Denina T.
Denina T7 years ago


Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

Interesting. thanx

Vera Y.
Vera Yuno7 years ago

very good advices for thanks giving!! unfortunately we dont celebrate this holiday in my country!! Thanx anyway!

Zhang X.
Zhang X.7 years ago

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