1. Use a melon baller to scoop out the cantaloupe pulp into balls.
2. In a large bowl toss together cantaloupe balls, spinach, ham, pecans, and red onion slices. Pour dressing over salad. Toss lightly to coat.
1. In a food processor bowl or blender container, combine sugar, orange peel, orange juice, vinegar, onion, and pepper. Cover and process or blend until combined. With processor or blender running, slowly add oil in a steady stream through hole or opening in top. Process or blend until mixture is thickened. Stir in poppy seed. Cover and chill for up to 1 week. Shake well before using. Makes about 3/4 cup.