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Honeydew Relish Salad

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.

Sunset AUGUST 2006

  • Yield: Makes 5 cups; 4 to 5 servings


  • 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)


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.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 104
  • Calories from fat: 6%
  • Protein: 1.4g
  • Fat: 0.7g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 26g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Sodium: 261mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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Honeydew Relish Salad Recipe