Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad with Mint and Basil Vinaigrette

TOTAL TIME: 30 min
Prep: 30 min
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YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/2 watermelon
  • 1 cantaloupe, cut in half, seeded
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped mint leaves plus whole sprigs, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves plus whole sprigs, for garnish
  • 1 lemon juiced (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, cool)
  • 1/8 teaspoon amaretto
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Directions

Scoop 2 cups each from the watermelon and the cantaloupe using a melon baller. Carve the remainder of the watermelon out and reserve shell.

Add to a blender the chopped mint, chopped basil, lemon juice, simple syrup and amaretto. Blend until smooth.

Add the watermelon and cantaloupe balls to the carved out watermelon half.

Add the vinaigrette to the balls and toss to combine.

Garnish with the mint and basil sprigs and taste.

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  • on July 04, 2012

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    I have done this recipe too for 4th of July. In keeping with the spirit of Red, White & Blue, I substituted cantaloupe for honeydew (white...well, sort of : and tossed in a cup of blueberries. The vinaigrette was awesome...but I too added a little extra amaretto. This is such a great side dish and our friends have come to expect it on the buffet line. We'd be in big trouble if we ever decided not to bring it!

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  • on July 05, 2011

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    I made this recipe for our 4th of July block party. The weather was in the high 90s and this salad was a cool relief. The vinaigrette provided a refreshing coolness of mint and sweet amaretto without masking the watermelon and cantaloupe flavors. I did add more amaretto (about 2 Tbs than was stated in the recipe because I really wanted a bit stronger flavor. I think each cook can adjust this ingredient to taste. I also elected to put this salad into a clear glass bowl to show off the pretty colors and to make tossing easy throughout the party. This recipe is a keeper.

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