Savory Melon Berry Salad
Here’s the funny thing about me: I hate fruit. Yep, I’m a health nut now but you have to hold me down and shove fruit into mouth unless you can somehow make it taste like Malbec or Sangiovese. Now those are fruits I enjoy on the frequent. And the second funny thing about me is: I don’t like sweet food on any end of the spectrum from fruit to cake with ice cream in-between, I don’t like it. But…
This melon salad kind of won me over. KINDA. Because if you can somehow hide the fact that I’m eating fruit by covering it with a savory vinaigrette spiked with shallots and spicy red pepper flakes, I’m in, baby. This melon salad has a depth of flavor you don’t get in ordinary sugary fruit salads (containing Jello and marshmallows, bleh, I also hate Jello and marshmallows). It is sweet, savory, spicy and tart all in one glorious burst on your tongue. At first glance you might think, hmm, this is probably not going to be good. But then you end up stabbing your fork into it over and over with melon juice running down your chin and strawberry seeds stuck in your teeth. It’s that kind of good. And of course, fruit is good for you, packed with vitamins, blah blah, you know the drill.
SAVORY MELON BERRY SALAD
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 small shallot, sliced thin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/2 honeydew melon halved, peeled, seeds removed, cut into slices or chunks
1/2 cantaloupe halved, peeled, seeds removed, cut into slices or chunks or balls
1 cup fresh strawberries, quartered
1 scallion (green onion), sliced green part only, for garnish
In a bowl, combine the oil, lemon juice, zest, shallot and red pepper flakes; season with pinch of salt and pinch of pepper.
Arrange fruit on a platter. Drizzle dressing over the fruit, garnish with scallions. Serve immediately or cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Not to steal catch phrases from Ina Garten, but seriously, “how easy was that?”.
Eat well and respect your body! Your life depends on it.
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