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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar or sugar equivalent
  • 2 cups cubed melon
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed cucumber
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint or basil (optional)
  • 6 Popsicle molds or small paper cups and wooden sticks


Make a simple syrup by boiling the water and dissolving the sugar in it. Allow to cool. You won’t use it all in one batch, but it keeps forever in the refrigerator and can be used to sweeten drinks or in your next batch of paletas.

Combine ¼ cup of syrup, the melon and cucumber, the lime juice and the minced herb in a blender and
blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups. Freeze until firm, about 6 hours. If using cups, check after 2 hours and insert wooden sticks into the paletas.

Yield: six two-ounce popsicles

Submitted by Lorraine Glazar, Tucson CSA