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Melon Salad with Lime-Ginger Syrup

Photo: Jonathan Kantor
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Chill time 20 mins
Yield Serves: 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups melon balls, 1 tbsp. syrup)
Scoop out sweet melon balls for a side salad that's sure to complement any summer main dish.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 medium seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 large ripe cantaloupe
  • 1/2 large ripe honeydew
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (from about 3 small limes)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 139
  • fat 0.0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 2 g
  • carbohydrate 35 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 32 mg
  • calcium 22 mg

How to Make It

  1. Using a melon baller, scoop 1-inch balls from melons and combine in a bowl. Fold in mint and zest. Refrigerate.

  2. Bring sugar, 1/3 cup water and ginger to a boil in a pan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil until reduced by half and syrupy, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in juice. Pour into a container and refrigerate until chilled.

  3. When ready to serve, spoon melon balls into 4 bowls. Strain syrup and spoon 1 Tbsp. over each bowl. Garnish with more mint, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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