Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

This recipe is from Giada De Laurentiis. Watermelon and Cantaloupe balls are great by themselves. But adding this Mint Vinaigrette takes this to a whole new level. Serve the salad in a hulled out watermelon for a nice presentation. You can use a knife to slice a flat surface off the bottom of the watermelon.

Ingredients and Directions:

  • 1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, from about 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup, recipe follows
  • 1/4 teaspoon amaretto
  • 4 cups watermelon balls, from about one watermelon
  • 2 cups cantaloupe balls, from about one cantaloupe

In a blender, combine mint, lemon juice, simple syrup, and amaretto. Blend until smooth.

In a large bowl, combine the watermelon and the cantaloupe. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

In a saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Take pan off heat and cool the syrup. Any extra cooled syrup can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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