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Honeydew Relish Salad

Lara Hata
Yield Makes 5 cups; 4 to 5 servings
Honeydew melon, cucumber, grapes, and celery make a beautiful green salad. But it's a simple dressing of honey, white wine vinegar, and mustard seeds that "pickles" and elevates these ordinary ingredients into a sweet-tart masterpiece.Prep and Cook Time: about 45 minutes.


  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cubed or balled honeydew melon pieces
  • 1 cup finely diced peeled English cucumber
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup halved seedless green grapes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • Butter lettuce leaves, rinsed and crisped (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 104
  • caloriesfromfat 6 %
  • protein 1.4 g
  • fat 0.7 g
  • satfat 0.1 g
  • carbohydrate 26 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • sodium 261 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan, combine vinegar, honey, 1/4 cup water, mustard seeds, celery seeds, and salt. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes, then boil over high heat, stirring often, until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 2 minutes longer. Let cool.

  2. In a salad bowl, combine vinegar mixture, honeydew, cucumber, diced celery, and grapes. Cover and chill, stirring occasionally to blend flavors, at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour.

  3. Stir in celery leaves and chives. If using butter lettuce leaves, arrange on plates and spoon salad over them.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.