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Needs-No-Recipe Melon Salad


Brie Mazurek, CUESA Staff

It’s impossible to go wrong with fruit salad in the summer, so it hardly requires a recipe, but this is a mouthwatering combination worth trying. The juice from the melon melds with vinegar (or shrub), olive oil, and chile-lime powder to create a dressing that will have you slurping the last dregs as you polish off the bowl. Find what’s fresh and in season at the farmers market, and adapt as you see fit.

Serves 4


1 ripe and fragrant melon, balled
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 basket plump, juicy blackberries
Fresh mozzarella balls or other fresh cheese, chopped
Leaves from several sprigs of mint or basil
2 or 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or summer fruit shrub
Dash of olive oil
Mexican chile-lime seasoning (like Rancho Gordo’s Stardust Dipping Powder), to taste


Add all the ingredients to a bowl, toss together, and enjoy!


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