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Melon Dessert 🍨 Best Summer Dessert AKA Grand Marnier Marinated Melon, Vanilla Ice Cream and Olive Oil. So freaking good! So fresh and quick to make. The combinations of flavors here is amazing. The olive oil… just trust me on that one, if you haven’t tried it on ice cream, you will LOVE it.

If you loved this recipe, check out my Boozy Cantaloupe Sorbet!

Why You’ll Love Melon Dessert

This dessert is light, easy and refreshing! Truly so easy to make and it’s perfect for this hot summer weather. I know some of you might be skeptical to the olive oil, BUT don’t knock it until you try it. Trust me… you’ll be addicted. It adds the best flavor.

Melon Dessert

How To Prepare Melon Dessert

🍈 First, add the melon, sugar, Grand Marnier, zest of 1 orange, juice of 2 oranges, vanilla bean paste and 2.5 tbsp olive oil in a bowl.

❄️ Secondly, cover and marinate in the fridge up to 24 hours. I usually do 6-8 hours.

🍨 Lastly, top with ice cream, lots of olive oil, flaky salt, the mint and that’s it!

Substitutions and Variations for Melon Dessert

  1. You can use cointreau instead of grand marnier.
  2. You can use any melon of your choice, except watermelon.

Use good vanilla ice cream. I used Nancy’s Fancy Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream.

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Common Questions

What can I use instead of Grand Marnier?

You can use Cointreau instead.

Can I use Honeydew melon?

Yes of course! You can use any melon of your choice, just not watermelon.

What vanilla ice cream do you use?

For this recipe, I used Nancy’s Fancy Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream.

What flaky salt do you use?

I use Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.

What melon did you use?

I used cantaloupe.

Melon Dessert

By Nadia Aidi
Prep 10 minutes
Marinating Time 6 hours
Total 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Melon Dessert 🍨 Best Summer Dessert AKA Grand Marnier Marinated Melon, Vanilla Ice Cream and Olive Oil. So freaking good! So fresh and quick to make. The combinations of flavors here is amazing. The olive oil… just trust me on that one, if you haven't tried it on ice cream, you will LOVE it.

Ingredients 

  • 6 cups melon, very ripe
  • 2 blood oranges
  • 3 shots Grand Marnier
  • 2.5 tbsp olive oil , and more for drizzling the ice cream
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • vanilla ice cream
  • Flaky salt, for topping
  • Mint sprigs, for topping

Directions 

  • First, add the melon, sugar, grand marnier, zest of 1 orange, juice of 2 oranges, vanilla bean paste and 2.5 tbsp olive oil in a bowl.
  • Secondly, cover and marinate in the fridge up to 24 hours. I usually do 6-8 hours.
  • Lastly, top with ice cream, lots of olive oil, flaky salt, the mint and that’s it!

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 61mg, Potassium: 629mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 47g, Vitamin A: 12017IU, Vitamin C: 53mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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