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Recipe- Melon Salad with a Bite

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | September 14th, 2015 | Recipes, Salads
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melon mozzarella saladI love salads. Give me a fruit or vegetable based salad, and I am happy. In fact, I have determined that when my husband travels and my daughter is busy with school and sports, I could make a week of dinners out of lettuce, chicken, and parmesan. Yep, I am a salad addict.

Although I am a fan of the Caesar salad, I also like to mix things up. Sometimes it’s using fruit as toppings; others it’s serving the salad as a side dish. As it’s summer here, I’ve been writing about salads, especially side salads, more often lately. I’ve shared recipes for a peach salad and a corn salad. Today’s recipe is another side salad.

This salad would make a fabulous course in a romantic dinner for two. In fact, it may have been a part of a recent Tapas Monday. Plating is part of what makes this dish elegant, but it also is a unique combination of ingredients, who would think that cantaloupe and sriracha would end up in the same dish?

To make our plating even prettier, I used a wavy knife. Sure, I could have just used a regular knife to cube the cantaloupe, but this knife made the fruit even prettier. I had feared that with the addition of attractive cuts I would have a more difficult time cutting. The wavy knife not only made the cantaloupe look nice, it also cut easily. I will definitely will be using it on other pieces of produce.

Whether you have a wavy knife or not, you should make this salad soon. It definitely is a great side for a hot summer day.

Melon Salad with a Bite

Serves 2
A bistro salad perfect for a romantic dinner


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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cantaloupe
  2. 2 oz. fresh mozzarella
  3. 2 Tb. honey
  4. 1/2 tsp. sriracha
  5. 2 Tb. slivered almonds
  6. salt
Instructions
  1. Remove rind and seeds from cantaloupe; cut into bite-sized chunks.
  2. Cut mozzarella into bite-size pieces.
  3. Arrange cantaloupe and mozzarella on two salad plates.
  4. Combine honey and sriracha in a small bowl. Drizzle over salad.
  5. Top with almonds
  6. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, if desired.
Notes
  1. I prefer minor heat. If you like things spicier, add more sriracha to the dressing.
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Editor’s note- Our writer received a complimentary wavy knife, but the opinion reflected in this article is solely hers.

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