Another melon salad idea...what about yours?
- Carb Lover
I bought my first melon from the farmer's market last weekend and since I was still half asleep, I didn't have the wherewithall to ask about variety. It looked just like a regular cantaloupe from the outside, but as it was ripening, it had a very unusual peppery, almost garlicky aroma.
I cut into it yesterday to find that the flesh was green, a little richer in hue than a honeydew. The seeds were tightly nestled together. It was super juicy and the flavor was just as unusual as the smell. A marriage btwn. savory and sweet w/ its clear fruit quality but w/ a creamy onion backdrop. After some googling, I think it's either the Ogen or Galia, most likely Ogen. If anyone has more info, please share.
I immediately thought about using it in a salad, so threw one together tonight that's pictured below. My salad consisted of thinly-sliced melon, cherry tomatoes, corn kernels, sliced celery, bacon pieces, feta, and chopped parsley. I made a buttermilk dressing in my blender consisting of cider vinegar, buttermilk, mayo, plain yogurt, shallot, canola oil, S&P. This salad was a little wacky, but the contrasting flavors and textures really came together and allowed me to use many summertime ingredients I had on hand. Next time, I would omit celery and use chives instead of parsley.
What melon salad combos do you have up your sleeve (besides Nigella's)?
One salad that I love to make is a Thai inspired one that combines melon (both green and orange are nice, but whatever you have is fine), cucumber, grapes, (other fruit can be used -- whatever you have on hand), chicken and shrimp, dressed with a mixture of lime juice and a splash of fish sauce, minced garlic, minced hot green chiles, and then topped with crushed peanuts and fried shallots (I've cheated and used toasted Durkee fried onions!) and cilantro and mint. It's a nice summer luncheon salad.
All these melon recipes sound great and I can't wait to try them. We live in the midwest where getting a great melon is only a farm stand away---I know how lucky we are. I have a really simple recipe- but good, fast and easy, esp. if you have company and they are not adventurous eaters. Cut up several cups of watermellon and a few mangos. Mix together with the zest and juice of 2 limes and 2 tea. of sugar.(more if fruit isn't as sweet as you like). That's it---sounds ho-hum, but suprisingly it's more than the sum of it's parts!