Gingered Melon is a very refreshing, delicious, and cooling melon dish that can be served either as a salad, an appetizer, or for a side dish served with your main meal of the day.
Any type of melons, of your choice, may be used in making this refreshing summer melon dish,
Especially good on hot summer days.
Gingered Melon Recipe
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
2 to 3 teaspoons finely-chopped fresh ginger
2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon zest (peel)
4 cups watermelon, cantaloupe, and/or honeydew balls or cubes
1/3 cup flaked coconut (optional)
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, sugar, lemon juice, and ginger. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon zest (peel). Let cool to room temperature.
Before using the ginger syrup, strain off and discard the ginger and lemon zest
Pour approximately 3/4 of the ginger syrup over the melon balls, stirring gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
To serve, spoon melon balls and a little of the remaining ginger syrup into individual dessert dishes. Sprinkle with coconut.
Makes 6 servings.