Melon Salad with Mint & Amaretto

By Christina Collins

Fruit salad never tasted so good!”

Melon means summer. So does fresh herbs. This Giada De Laurentiis recipe combines melon and mint to produce a summer fresh fruit salad that stands far above the rest.

Our garden is full of mint. It grows wild, and is a perennial that spreads, so each year our abundance increases. I used to fight it, but it turns out, most animals, especially deer, don’t like it’s fragrance and since I can use all the help I can get keeping the wildlife away from my plants, I just let it grow. I also found that it was much easier to find new recipes and ways to use the mint, than to try and fight its invasive ways. One of those recipes I found was this melon salad with mint.

This recipe is delicious, can be made in advance, and sure beats any fruit salad from a store! It is perfect for a Sunday brunch or as a light, refreshing, summer dessert.

melon salad with mint and basil

Melon Salad with Mint & Amaretto

Giada De Laurentiis
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bunch fresh mint chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice from about 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup recipe follows
  • 1/8 teaspoon amaretto
  • 2 cups watermelon balls from about half a watermelon
  • 2 cups cantaloupe balls from about 1 cantaloupe

Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a blender, combine mint, lemon juice, simple syrup, and amaretto. Blend until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, combine the watermelon and the cantaloupe. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

Simple Syrup:

  • In a saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Take pan off heat and cool the syrup. Any extra cooled syrup can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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