Melon salad

23 Jun

Melon Salad with Sweet Sesame Dressing
Recipe courtesy the Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and Grace A. Eckstorm (winner of the Melon Magic Category)

Makes 6 Servings

1/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted
1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
Dash cayenne pepper
Lettuce leaves
2 cups seedless watermelon, cut up
2 cups cantaloupe, cut up
2 cups honeydew, cut up
1 cup seedless English cucumber, sliced
Snipped fresh cilantro
Crisp cooked bacon, drained and crumbled (optional)

1. For sweet sesame dressing, in a small saucepan combine sugar, vinegar, salt and ginger. Stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl. In a thin steady stream, slowly add the vegetable oil and olive oil to the mixture whisking constantly until thickened. Stir in sesame seeds, sesame oil, and cayenne pepper, set aside.
2. Line salad bowls or platter with lettuce, top with watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and cucumber. Drizzle with some of the dressing (about 1/2 cup). Sprinkle with cilantro and bacon; pass the remaining dressing around the table.

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Posted by on June 23, 2009 in General Food


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