Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Melon and Cucumber Salad with Jalapeño and Pine Nuts

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Fresh melons are in season, and they are more delicious than ever. I recently discovered the charentais melon, and I can hardly stop eating it, it that good! In addition to having it on its own, and in a fruit salad, I decided to use it on top of a bed of tender greens, pairing it with cucumber, and spicy slices of pickled jalapeño, topping it off with the woodsy crunch of pine nuts. Fresh, cooling, unique, and delicious, this is going to be my “go to” salad of the summer.

Melon and Cucumber Salad with Jalapeño and Pine Nuts

 ½ c. cup olive oil

¼ c. Champagne vinegar

1 t. ground coriander

1 t. kosher salt

¼ t. freshly ground black pepper

Pinch ground cardamom

½ large Melissa’s charentais melon, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cucumber, sliced into quarters ¼” thick

1 Melissa’s pickled jalapeño, thinly sliced

½ c. toasted Melissa’s pine nuts

¼ c. chopped mint

Mixed greens (for serving)

 Violently whisk oil, vinegar, coriander, salt, pepper, and cardamom in a large bowl. Add cantaloupe, cucumber, and pickled jalapeño, and toss to coat in dressing. Let sit, uncovered, 15 minutes.

 To serve, add pine nuts and mint to salad and toss gently to combine. Serve on bed of mixed greens.


Angie's Recipes said...

I too just bought a couple of melons. They are ripe and sweet now. Your salad looks delightful and summer perfect.

bread&salt said...

Very colorful salad and looks very delicious and healthy. This salad is really a good Option för the summer luncHS.

Balvinder said...

What a delicious and colorful salad. Perfect for summer!

Linda said...

It's a beautiful salad! I used to see Charentais melon seeds at online seed companies but never tried to grow one. It looks delicious. I'm chuckling over the violent whisking of the dressing ingredients.

judee said...

Interesting combination of the melon in a regular salad, but why not, we eat strawberries in salads.. Looks delicious thanks.