Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad is a healthy and refreshing salad to make and enjoy in the spring or summer. This salad pairs extremely well with any spicy dish that you would like to prepare. It is a delicate salad that lets the cool crispness of the cucumbers and the sweet juiciness of the melon really shine through. This unexpected combination is such a pleasant surprise! Melons and cucumbers just seem to be naturals together and complement each other beautifully. This salad is perfect to serve for a light lunch served over cottage cheese or even for an easy snack.
This very refreshing Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad recipe and photo were shared with my by Karen Calanchini, Foo Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.
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Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad Recipe:
Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad Recipe
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
1/2 large English cucumber, peeled in alternating strips and coarsely chopped
1 ripe cantaloupe, coarsely diced*
3 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves**
* The fruit widely known as "cantaloupe" throughout the U.S. is actually a muskmelon. The cantaloupe you purchase must be very flavorful. The best way to pick out a cantaloupe to puschase is by smell. The cantaloupe should have a sweet, slightly musky scent. A good cantaloupe feels heavy for its size, has a rind that resembles raised netting, and has a stem end that yields slightly when pressed with your thumb.
** Could substitute chopped mint leaves, if desired.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, salt, and pepper; set aside.
In a large bowl, add the prepared cucumber, cantaloupe, green onions, and cilantro.
Add the lime juice mixture, a little at a time so as not to overdress the beautiful produce.
Makes 4 servings.