Monday, September 28, 2015

Melon Ball Salad with Lime Syrup

Melon Ball Salad with Lime Syrup

This is a great tasting summer salad.  It's easy to make too!


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons finely grated lime zest
1 cantaloupe (about 3 lbs.)
1 honeydew (about 4 1/2 lbs.)
1/2 baby seedless watermelon (about 2 1/2 lbs.)


Combine sugar, lime juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan.  Stir over medium-high heat until sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add lime zest.  Cover pan and set aside for 15 minutes. Strain into a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours. (can be made up to 3 days in advance.)

Cut each melon in half, remove and discard seeds and scoop flesh with a sharp 1-inch melon baller.  Place all melon balls in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate until 30 minutes before serving.

Pour lime juice over melon balls.  Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. Divide into 8 glass tumblers and garnish with mint, if desired.