If standing near a hot oven feels like dystopian science fiction during this record-breaking summer, use the time you’d normally spend stirring, sautéing, and searing to brush up on your plating skills. I created this melon medley salad to flex my food-photography muscle for my impending summer super parties I missed out on last year. Juggling the sweetness of honey and melon, the salty punch of Jacobsen Co. Calabrian Chili Garlic Seasoning, feta and prosciutto, and the juxtaposition of crunchy cucumbers with the give of fatty pine nuts, this salad stuns from first glance to final bite.
Recipe by Kourtney Paranteau
Serves 2 as a meal or 4 as a side salad
- ½ cantaloupe, cored and cut into crescents
- ½ honeydew, cored and cut into crescents
- ½ cup feta cheese
- 4 slices thinly sliced prosciutto
- 2 Persian cucumbers, peeled and cut into discs
- 1 bunch (about one loose cup) of fresh basil, stemmed but leaves intact
- ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted or raw (your preference)
- Zest from one lime
- A handful of onion blossoms (optional)- if you can’t find pretty purple onion blossoms you can approximate the flavor of either green onion or chives but our friends at Rubinette Produce almost always keep a small stash of the edible beauties in stock at Providore.
- 1 tbsp Jacobsen Co. Raw Alfalfa Honey
- 1 tsp Jacobsen Co. Calabrian Chili Garlic Seasoning
On a large serving plate, arrange both melon varieties evenly throughout the dish. Fold prosciutto ribbons delicately around the melon. Kitchen tweezers work great here, and salads like these are exactly the kind of project where they really shine, but we also understand and don’t disagree with any of you who find them a little superlative. Next, stud the salad with cucumber slices, crumble feta evenly over the melon before arranging basil leaves and sprinkling both pine nuts and zest over the salad. Liberally dot your dish with onion blossoms (if using) or green onions. Drizzle Jacobsen Co. Raw Alfalfa Honey and a shake of Jacobsen Co. Calabrian Chili Garlic Seasoning as a final touch. Serve, photograph and enjoy!