I saw several varieties of melons at the farmer's market this weekend, including cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon. For some reason melons are one of those fruits that I love to buy, but sometimes have a hard time cutting open to enjoy. However, when I finally breakdown and do it, I'm usually pleasantly surprised at the juicy flavors that tickle my tongue.
This cantaloupe salad was a bit surprising in its flavor combinations, but so refreshing and lovely that I would definitely make it again. Also it worked quite well as left over's the next day, the melon simply soaked up more of the lime juice and had a bit more kick!
cantaloupe lime salad
adapted from Bon Appetit
1 cantaloupe, halved, seeded, and peeled
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2-3 teaspoons grated lime peel
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
Cut cantaloupe into 1 inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Add lime juice, mint, and lime peel; toss to blend. Mix in sugar, ginger, and honey. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serves 4 as a side salad.
(photography by: alison clayshulte)