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