3-4 people as a side dish
Ah, melon! I’m sure this is a fairly subjective statement, but to me there’s (nearly) nothing that says “summer” more than the smell and taste of fresh melons. The colours, the sweetness, the fact that they’re so light and work well accompanied by sweet as well as savoury ingredients makes them the perfect fruit for many meal ideas. Who hasn’t done the melon with Parma ham starter at least once? As there isn’t one melon type I favour over another, I like to try and combine as many as possible into one dish. They compliment each other through flavour as well as colour and make for a lovely light summer meal. So, here’s my idea for a melon salad that would work nicely with some grilled chicken or of course on its own.
I know that pretty much everybody has a melon ball cutter in their kitchen drawer, but mine (which I KNOW was in my drawer) has disappeared, so I decided to cube my melons. So, either cut your melons into small cubes or balls.
Mix them all together in a large bowl. Thinly slice the goat's cheese, add to the melons and mix all together.
Finely chop the fresh basil leaves with a sharp knife and add to the salad. In a small bowl, mix the oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper.
Add to the salad and mix. Cover the salad and leave for the flavours to develop for an hour before serving.
That's it! Pretty simple, but really tasty and perfect for summer. I hope you'll like it as much as I do.