Melon Salad with Ginger-Mint Dressing

Remember how I said we were going Paleo this month? Well, we have been, with only a few little cheats, and let me tell you — melon is what got me through those first few days of sugar withdrawals. Melons and super-sweet farmers market berries.

We definitely picked the right month for this.

Because fruit is our dessert these days and my kids are absolute fruit-heads, we’ve been going through an obscene amount of fruit lately. I’d gladly eat a giant bowl of melon as is, but sometimes I like to fancy things up a bit.

I tinkered with a dressing and took this salad (which originally had cucumbers but I decided it was weird) to a potluck a few weeks before the baby was born. I loved the salad, and it got a lot of great reviews, so I’m passing it along to you! The ginger and mint really shine against the sweetness of the melons.

Just a heads-up: you’ll have a lot of liquid at the bottom of the bowl after a few hours. DO NOT throw it away. Pour it into a glass and stick it in the fridge. We had to carefully ration out that juice among the four of us to ensure we all got our fair share with minimal complaints and accusations.

Ginger-mint-melon juice should be bottled and sold. The End.

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Melon Salad with Ginger-Mint Dressing

Total Time: About 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 of a watermelon
1/2 of a honeydew melon
one whole cantaloupe

For the dressing:
juice from 1/2 an orange (about 1/3 cup)
juice from 1 lime (about 1/4 cup)
2 Tablespoon chopped fresh mint
2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon honey
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Chop up melon and place in a really large bowl -- the one you take to potlucks. Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over melon. Mix well and taste. If the dressing is too strong, add more melon.

Nat's Notes:
1. You might not want to do this too far ahead as the dressing extracts a lot of moisture from the melon. You'll have a lot of liquid at the bottom of the bowl in a few hours, but pour it into a glass and save it. It's delicious added to a smoothie or enjoyed as is!
2. Feel free to mix and match any melon (or other fruit) for the salad. Grapes or fresh pineapple chunks would be good additions! I wouldn't add anything that breaks down quickly, like berries.

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16 Responses to “Melon Salad with Ginger-Mint Dressing”

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — July 23, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    This melon salad looks AMAZING! We’ve been going through a lot of fruit at our house too. Especially melons and berries. I’ll definitely have to try this ginger mint dressing. THANKS!!

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    Redd H from Salted Spoon — July 23, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    Oooh this looks great! Thanks for the warning about the juice. I wonder if you could make a mimosa or a bellini out of it…..

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 23, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    So simple and pretty! This would be so refreshing on a super hot day.

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    Joanne — July 23, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    summer fruit has been getting me through some INTENSE sugar cravings as well! I’m going to be so sad when the season is over. I need to make these and start appreciating melons more…I rarely have them on hand but it’s their turn to shine!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 23, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    Mmmm, that dressing sounds delicious! I love fruit salad all year long, but with melon sounds perfect for summer :)

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — July 24, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I have half of a watermelon in the refrigerator and love how refreshing melon is in the summer…it’s like insta-hydration! The salad itself looks delicious and ginger-mint-melon juice would definitely be something I’d fight over!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — July 25, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    Love the simplicity of this! I’m a big fan of jazzed up fruit salads and this is perfection!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — July 26, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    That dressing would be good on so many things! So light and refreshing!

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — July 30, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    I have been eating so much melon lately! It’s off the hook right now! De-lish.

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    Char — April 1, 2013 @ 6:11 am

    I made this for Easter dinner yesterday with strawberries instead of the watermelon. It was delicious.

    http://reallyeating.areavoices.com/2013/03/31/colorful-easter-dinner/

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