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favourite watermelon or melon salad recipes?

Love watermelon salads this time of year, but I haven't made too many at home.
What are your favourite melon salads?

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  1. I made a shockingly good one recently... Diced watermelon, cucumber (that had been salted and sweated), mix of asian salad greens, toasted sesame seeds, mirin, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. And probably some fish sauce and chili, but I can't remember.

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    1. re: relizabeth

      Sort of along those lines, I'm a big fan of this one: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

      I've changed up the ratios and made it without the watercress, too.

    2. Watermelon, thinly sliced red onion, mint, feta and raspberry vinegarette. Awesomeness abounds!

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      1. re: SweetPhyl

        Same as above except with aged balsamic. Haven't tried raspberry but sounds good. Anything raspberry is fabulous in my books!

        1. re: chefathome

          Tried a variation of this last night, with watermelon, red onion, cukes, chevre, fresh basil and white balsamic. Very good! Thanks!

          1. re: prima

            if you like blue cheese, try using it in place of the chevre next time...fabulous combination.

          1. re: SweetPhyl

            to this: I'd add rich expensive black olives

          2. The New York Times published a great recipe last summer for a Greek watermelon salad. It had cooked barley, feta, cucumber, red onion, olive oil and watermelon, as I recall. A meal with some good crusty bread!

            1. love the watermelon & feta combo...preferably with balsamic & basil (and occasionally some olives).

              another one of my favorites: cantaloupe & honeydew, arugula, red onion, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts and prosciutto (or pancetta) dressed with a Dijon & champagne vinaigrette.

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                ghg, can't wait to try that melon arugula prosciutto salad. YUM. thanks!

              2. Watermelon, feta, cucumber and bacon salad

                1. Watermelon, tomatoes, feta, basil vinaigrette (I like using a lime one too.)

                  1. I guess it's been done to death, but I love the Nigella watermelon, feta, black olive and arugula salad.

                    1. Not really a salad: cubed watermelon, a tiny bit of salt, honey, lime juice, lime zest.

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                      1. re: Jay F

                        Now that's calling my name, unlike the feta salads.

                        If the melon is sweet, you won't need honey except for stickiness :)

                        Delicious in the blender too, with lots of crushed ice (and maybe vodka).

                      2. thanks for all your ideas & comments!

                        1. At a restaurant recently we had a lovely watermelon salad: on the right side of the plate was a small salad of dark greens simply dressed; on the left was a 2 inch square chunk of salted (seedless) watermelon with a small scoop of goat cheese ice cream on top! Very Very yummy.

                          1. Try this one! It's Emeril Lagasse's Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, and Arugula Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette. To die for!


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                            1. re: CocktailGlass

                              i make a really similar one, which i posted above...but i use pine nuts instead of almonds and crumble in some goat cheese.

                            2. An oldie but goodie: watermelon plus any of its close relatives with poppyseed dressing on a lettuce leaf. So cool and lady like, except that the combination of flavors makes me want to lick the plate.

                              1. I have posted this previously, but this is just about our favorite melon salad. We have it every 4th of July and at other times.

                                Melon Ball Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

                                1 small red onion, thinly sliced
                                3 cups or bite-sized pieces of ripe cantaloupe,
                                honeydew, watermelon, or other fresh melons
                                1-2 hearts of Romaine lettuce, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
                                2 Tbs coarsely chopped or torn basil leaves
                                1 Tbs coarsely chopped or torn mint leaves

                                For the vinaigrette:
                                1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
                                3 Tbs raspberry vinegar
                                2 Tbs finely chopped basil leaves
                                1 Tbs finely chopped mint leaves
                                Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

                                Place the onion slices in a small bowl and cover with cold water.
                                Soak for 20 to 30 minutes, drain, pat dry, and combine with the melon
                                balls, Romaine lettuce, and herbs. Toss gently to combine and
                                refrigerate until ready to serve. Whisk together the ingredients for
                                the vinaigrette and toss gently with the melon mixture immediately
                                before serving. Serves 6 to 8.

                                If I have a good purchased raspberry vinaigrette, I will use that.

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                                1. re: Wtg2Retire

                                  that looks amazing...thanks for posting!

                                2. Last summer I made up a cantaloupe salad with Thai basil that I love to death! Here's the recipe. Now I just need to plant some Thai basil again!

                                  1 scallion, finely diced
                                  juice and zest of 2 limes
                                  salt and pepper
                                  3/4 c. cilantro leaves, chopped finely
                                  1/3 c. Thai basil leaves, chopped finely
                                  ¼ cup mint leaves, chopped finely
                                  1 jalapeño or serrano chile, finely minced
                                  1 t. minced fresh ginger
                                  1 T. extra virgin olive oil
                                  One cantaloupe (2 to 2.5 lbs.), chopped into cubes
                                  1 bunch arugula
                                  Salt and pepper to taste

                                  Put the scallion, lime juice, zest, herbs, chile, ginger, garlic, and oil in a bowl. Combine well and add salt and pepper to taste. Gently ix in the melon, and serve on a bed of greens.

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                                  1. re: cathyeats

                                    That looks awesome. Can't wait to try it out.

                                  2. Total fan of melon salads here. Nigella's is a favorite. I like the simplicity and the pop pop pop of the colors. Marinated red onion (in lime juice) = a winner. In my experience, watermelon salads are best enjoyed immediately, especially a melon salad containing crumbly cheese. Lots of comments on melon/feta salads on these two threads, and even an idea for a watermelon tequila salad, the penultimate post of the second thread!



                                    1. I keep going back to simple on this: watermelon, cucumber, tomato (sometimes), feta, basil, salt, pepper, bit of olive oil. Mmmmmmmm

                                      1. I made the Mark Bittman Watermelon Tomato salad this year for the 4th. Some of us loved it, some people thought it was just ok:


                                        I myself love a simple salad of cantaloupe balls, chopped mint and a light toss with a good chardonnay. Let it sit for an hour or so in the fridge ... wow, really good.

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                                        1. re: Tom P

                                          I adore this salad with green zebra tomatoes and gorgonzola dolce.

                                        2. I just made a bulgur and cantaloupe salad with hazelnuts and mint... delicious!