Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blackberry-Cantaloupe Salad

 Ok, this one is so easy and quick, you barely need a recipe. Yes, yes, I know you can throw any kinds of fruit together and call it a fruit salad, but this one has a deliciously fragrant dressing that goes with it. It's refreshing and tasty and healthy all at the same time, and it's just slightly different from the norm.
 I was in the produce market and I saw how plump and juicy the blackberries were, so I HAD to get some. Then I saw this recipe from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and I thought "Oh! Perfect!" So here is the recipe as it was listed, but I didn't do it exactly as written. Feel free to put your own personal spin on it, just as I did. I'm sure you'll love it!

2 cups blackberries
1/2 cantaloupe, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest plus 1 tablespoon juice
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except mint. Cover and let stand 30 minutes (or refrigerate, up to 2 days). Stir in mint just before serving. 

I  used honey instead of sugar, I used lemon balm instead of mint, and I only added half of the fresh ginger, just because I didn't want it to overpower the other flavors. Absolutely delicious!
If you're not a fan of fresh ginger, simply leave it out! The dressing will still be wonderful. Promise!
For best flavor, serve it at room temperature!


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Joey - making this for a beach party tomorrow! - Love, Nellie

Joey said...

Hope you enjoy it, Nellie! Have fun!