Lara Hata
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

sonora's Review

July 24, 2009
A wonderful cool green salad for hot weather. The marinade is delightfully sweet and tart. I serve the salad in bowls with plenty of dressing, don't use the butter lettuce. I prefer to reduce the diced celery by one half, and I frequently don't use the chopped chives.