Aug 23, 2009

cantaloupe lime salad

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.

local ingredients:
Melon from the farm. Fresh mint from our garden.

(photography by: alison clayshulte)


Caitlin said...

MM this looks SO good! And gorgeous photos of the food!

Alison said...

Thanks Caitlin!

Jason Hanson said...

I had this for breakfast with Colorado-grown cantaloupe and mint from my garden. Delicious way to start the day. Great recipe, Alison.

Lauren said...

That looks delicious! It was great to meet you at WHT. I am enjoying your blog!

Alison said...

Jason - Sounds like a great day to start the day!

Lauren - Wonderful to meet you as well. Happy we connected, and looking forward to meeting up again.

Anonymous said...

This looks tasty, girl.
I'll keep this in mind for my playgroup next week!

Also -- any and EVERY easy vegetarian recipe you find, pass on to me. Aidan has decided to be a vegetarian ... more on that later.