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Cantaloupe Lassi with Vanilla

Cantaloupe Lassi with Vanilla

My dad loves cantaloupe. He loves it so much that one time he even built a “cantaloupe accelerator” so that his cantaloupe plants would start producing fruit earlier in the season. He doesn’t do the “accelerator” anymore, but he still grows cantaloupe every year, and he has perfected the art of growing them to the point where eating cantaloupe from dad’s garden is almost a spiritual experience. It is the sweetest, most flavorful cantaloupe you have ever tasted …

So we went to visit my parents the other weekend and his cantaloupe are ripe (but he’s having trouble with the gophers eating them … can you blame them for wanting a bite?) He mentioned to me that he and mom have been blending up the cantaloupe with some yogurt and drinking it just like that. I said to him “you mean like a lassi?” … well, he didn’t know it was called a lassi; he just knew he liked blending his cantaloupe with yogurt.

For those of you who don’t know, a Lassi is a drink made with yogurt. It is common in India and Pakastan. I was most familiar with the Mango Lassi which is a blended mango drink with yogurt, but I did a little research and discovered there are many ways to make a lassi: some are spiced and savory, some are fruity and sweet, but all of them are made with yogurt.

Anyway, my dad gave me some cantaloupe to bring home, so I had to try making his Cantaloupe Lassi. I added vanilla because I just love vanilla so much. I also froze some of the cantaloupe chunks to make it extra cold and smooth, almost like a milkshake. My dad is right (as usual!) … a Cantaloupe Lassi is truly a wonderful thing. It’s healthy, it’s cold, it’s quick, it’s easy, but most importantly: it’s delicious!

Cantaloupe Lassi with Vanilla

Cantaloupe Lassi with Vanilla

  • 1/2 cup fresh cantaloupe chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt … I have tried both plain (with no sweetener) and vanilla yogurt … I think I like the vanilla better, but they were both really good!
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. Pour and drink!

Here’s another delicious variation …

Maple Mint Cantaloupe Lassi

  • 1/2 cup fresh cantaloupe chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen cantaloupe chunks
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • Several fresh mint leaves

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. Pour and drink!

Cantaloupe Lassi with Vanilla

This recipe was shared at Manic Monday, Melt in your Mouth MondayTotally Tasty Tuesday, 1 Month of Fun and Cast Party Wednesday.

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9 responses

  1. Ann, this looks perfectly refreshing. I love cantaloupe. I planted too late this year and ended up with no melons, but I am hopeful for next year!

    August 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    • Ann

      Donna, I’m so sorry you didn’t get any melons this year! I wish I could send you one of my dad’s!

      August 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

  2. Naturally sweet. Sounds refreshing. I am getting bored with my berry smoothies so will give this a try.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm

  3. yum, I used to order cantaloupe smoothies from a smoothie bar in Beverly Hills 30 years ago, I forgot all about it until now, have to try yours! Nettie

    August 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

  4. Ann, this looks so delicious! What a great way to use cantaloupe.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:03 am

    • Ann

      Thanks! We get a LOT of it when my dad’s cantaloupe start ripening, so I am really loving this drink … it uses it up fast!

      August 29, 2012 at 8:00 am

  5. What a fantastic Idea!! I love it! Thank you for sharing this on Manic Monday :)

    August 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  6. Pingback: Cantaloupe Walnut Salad w Maple Mint Yogurt Dressing « Sumptuous Spoonfuls

  7. Reblogged this on lovelyseasonscomeandgo and commented:
    this looks and sounds delicious and I will try it as soon as possible with crushed ice, yum

    December 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

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