Herbed Summer Melon Salad is an extraordinary summertime recipe, perfect for either a dessert or an appetizer.  The subtle flavor of melon is complemented by Amaretto and mint.
Herbed Summer Melon Salad

Herbed Summer Melon Salad
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 Cups (approximately) watermelon balls
  • 3 1/2 Cups (approximately) cantaloupe balls
  • 1/2 Cup mint leaves, packed
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon amaretto
  1. Begin by making the simple syrup. Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low simmer and stir, making sure that all sugar is dissolved. It should only take a couple of minutes of simmering. The liquid will thicken slightly and should remain clear. Remove from heat and let cool. (Note: You are only using a portion of this syrup. Refrigerate the remainder for a few days if you’d like, for use in another recipe. It’s great for sweetening tea or water.)
  2. Next, using a melon baller, scoop about 3 1/2 cups of watermelon and 3 1/2 cups cantaloupe into a large mixing bowl and set aside. If you don’t have a melon baller you can always cut up the melon into about 1-1 1/2″ squares.
  3. Once the simple syrup has cooled, blend 1/4 cup of the simple syrup, mint, lemon juice and amaretto in a blender until mint is finely chopped.
  4. Pour the mixture over the melon pieces and combine well.
  5. Serve right away, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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