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Lemon-Mint Melon Compote

Photo: Jean Allsopp; Styling: Mindi Shapiro
Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup packed whole fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed honeydew melon
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • Garnish: fresh mint leaves

How to Make It

  1. Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and stir in lemon zest and 1/2 cup mint leaves. Cover and let stand until cooled to room temperature. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer, pressing on solids; discard solids. (Syrup makes about 2/3 cup.)

  2. Combine watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe in a medium bowl. Drizzle with syrup, stirring to coat. Garnish, if desired.