Feel good about what you serve your family and friends by incorporating fruits to your dessert to make it that much sweeter! Our friend Elizabeth at @jam_jar_kitchen shared with us this Melon Pavlova Recipe that is as refreshing as it looks! Bring some brightness to the colder seasons by indulging in the vibrant flavors of Elizabeth’s latest creation using Oronai Sweet Charentais Melons.

When looking for desserts, I like to explore my options. I do this by experimenting with color! Fruit is a great way to incorporate a color of the rainbow as well as add sweetness to a post-meal treat! These desserts will not only appeal to the eye but also provide diverse flavors and textures when incorporating natural sweetness.

The holidays are coming and people want to serve something unique, fresh and healthy! So next time you’re craving a sweet treat or need something to bring to your holiday party, try this Melon Pavlova! I love it because it uses greenhouse grown melon, so it’s perfect for any time of the year! This unique twist on the beloved dish pairs fresh melon marinated in mint and lime on a bed of whipped cream and served on a delicately crisp meringue.

Optimize Natural Sweetness –

Opting for fruit rather than a different sweetener is also going to be more beneficial for you. Your body will thank you for giving it the nutrients it needs. Pure Flavor® Oronai Sweet Charentais Melons are low in calories and rich in essential vitamins and minerals, making them a guilt-free treat. They will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also provide a burst of antioxidants! This makes them a delicious and wholesome choice when seeking both indulgence and health benefits.

Pavlova is one of my family’s all-time favorite desserts, especially around the holidays! This beautiful and delicious dessert is surprisingly easy to make and is sure to be a real showstopper at any gathering.

These greenhouse grown melons have a sweet and aromatic flavor. What makes them unique is that they are available all year long thanks to the controlled conditions of the greenhouses in which they grow. This means the end result is more fruits and vegetables with less impact on the environment, which sure makes me happy!

Oronai’s floral fragrance and vibrant colors will mesmerize your senses while their lingering juicy flavors will remind you of sunny summer days with every bite. Escaping the cold one slice at a time!

The sweet melon is briefly marinated in lime juice and mint and then served with vanilla bean whipped cream atop a meringue base. Garnish with glistening pomegranate seeds and fresh mint for a sweet and fruity dessert your friends and family will love.

Why Choose Greenhouse Grown Melons? –

By now I’m sure y’all know I am a big fan of Pure Flavor® produce and these Oronai Charentais Melons are the perfect melon for this pavlova. They are sweet, fragrant and juicy. Combined with lime juice and a little mint they were beautifully as a topping for a light, crisp pavlova.

But it doesn’t stop there! The Oronai Charentais Melon has a sweet and aromatic taste that pairs well with various other flavors. Whether you match it with a protein or keep it plant-based, you will not be disappointed!

How to Create Pavlova –


  • Stand mixture with whisk attachment or Large mixing bowl with electric hand mixer
  • Parchment lined baking sheet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • Fresh melon: I highly recommend using Pure Flavor®’s Oronai Charentais Melons. They are perfect level of juicy sweetness with a deliciously tender texture.
  • Egg whites: Room temperature works best.
  • White granulated sugar
  • White vinegar
  • Corn Starch
  • Heavy whipping Cream
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Salt
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Fresh mint
  • Pomegranate seeds

Step by Step Instructions

This recipe may look impressive but it is surprisingly easy to make!

When making meringue the key is to add the sugar slowly. Whip the eggs to soft peaks, then add sugar about one tablespoon at a time until stiff peaks form. You should be able to tip the bowl upside down without any meringue falling out.

Then mix the vinegar and corn starch together and fold into the mixture.

Spread the meringue onto a parchment lined baking sheet in a circle shape, forming a well in the middle (where you will add the whipped cream). Then bake in the oven.

When the meringue is fully baked turn the oven heat off. Then open the oven door slightly and allow it cool in the oven for at least and hour and half up to over night before topping.

When the meringue has cooled make your whipped cream, remove the seeds from a pomegranate and in a separate bowl mix melon with lime juice and fresh mint.

Spoon the whipped cream into the well of the meringue. Then top with melon, pomegranate seeds and fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Create Something Tropical this Winter –

Escape the colder weather and transform your dining table to the tropics. With Pure Flavor®‘s produce being available all year long, you are able to create anything, whenever! Don’t let the seasons limit your cravings. I knew I wanted to make pavlova for my holiday gatherings. I also knew I wanted to go a bit out of the box and bring something more refreshing than you would usually think when it comes to late December.

It’s so great to be able to make a tropical flavored dessert just in time for the holidays. Whether you experiment with melon or berries, Pure Flavor® has you covered. The options are limitless. Use fresh fruit to garnish a holiday drink, pair it with meats, grains, or cheeses, or use it as the spotlight in a delicious dessert.

The sweetness of The Oronai Charentais Melon complements the delicate meringue of a pavlova. It creates a dessert that not only pleases the palate but also celebrates the vibrant flavors of fresh produce. You will feel refreshed after your first bite, and even better with the nutrients this sweet treat provides! Fruit is the way to go, any time of the year, for any creation you would like!

~ Elizabeth