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Quick & Easy Summer Watermelon & Honeydew Melon Salad

By Weavethousandflavors

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I love watermelons. Actually I love melons - period!

And as the summer temperatures continue to rise, these delicious globes find their way more and more frequently to our table. However once in a while, its nice to find a way to dress it up a bit.

So when friends were popping in for a quick bite I decided to do a good ole' melon salad dressed up like prom queen - elegant & pretty. And how better to do that than with herbs, mint & honey?

Make this part of your summer potlucks will ya!

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The secret to this lovely salad lies not only the nifty use of a melon baller but also taking a few minutes to do a honey syrup - yup the same stuff that works so well on pancakes.

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Honey  Syrup - To do this, take equal amounts of water, sugar & honey. Place in a saucepan and stir on medium heat till it the sugar dissolves. Cool completely.

Melons - Use 1/2 a seedless watermelon & 1 rock melon. De-seed the honeydew melon & discard the seeds and membranes. Using a melon baller, scoop out the insides and place in a bowl.

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Mint - Separate the leabes from the stalks. Discard stalks. Chiffonade the mint leaves into thin strips.

In a clean bowl, place the cooled honey syrup. Add the juice of lemon and the mint leaves. Stir thoroughly or use a whisk. Once blended, pour over the melon balls.

Stir gently till the melon balls are coated with the dressing. Taste and adjust the sugar & the lemon juice.

Refrigerate for about an hour or so. Serve chilled.

This is a wonderful & refreshing salad that is perfect for the summer. Wonderful for potlucks and buffets as well. I often serve it on the side of a warm pie. Serve the salad with a slotted spoon to separate the melon balls from their juices.

 

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The dressing with its sweet lemony & minty flavors are a perfect accompaniment to the cool and juicy melon balls.

This salad is simplicity at its best and needs no further embellishment to make it perfect.

 

Recipe for

Quick & Easy Summer Watermelon & Honeydew Melon Salad

Preparation time - 20 minutes

Chilling time - 1 hour

Shopping list

1/2 medium sweet, seedless water melon

1 sweet, ripe honeydew melon

Honey syrup -

1 tbs honey

1 tbs sugar

1 tbs water

Juice of 1/2-1 lemon (depending on taste)

1/2 cup mint leaves (to yield 2-3 tbs sliced mint leaves)

Preparation -

Honey  Syrup - To do this, take equal amounts of water, sugar & honey. Place in a saucepan and stir on medium heat till it the sugar dissolves. Cool completely.

Melons - Use 1/2 a seedless watermelon & 1 rock melon. De-seed the honeydew melon & discard the seeds and membranes. Using a melon baller, scoop out the insides and place in a large bowl.

Mint - Separate the leabes from the stalks. Discard stalks. Chiffonade the mint leaves into thin strips.

Method -

In a clean bowl, place the cooled honey syrup. Add the juice of lemon and the mint leaves. Stir thoroughly or use a whisk. Once blended, pour over the melon balls.

Stir gently till the melon balls are coated with the dressing. Taste and adjust the sugar & the lemon juice.

Refrigerate for about an hour or so. Serve chilled.

Enjoy!


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