Fresh Cherry Salad with Melon and Mint

Melon_cherry_mint_salad-1Sweet, fresh cherries make this light, early summer salad equally perfect for a buffet lunch or part of a simple family meal. If possible, use a cherry pitter so cherries can be left whole.

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 honeydew melon, seeds and skin removed, and cut into 1/2″ slices
1/4 cantaloupe melon, seeds and skin removed, and cut into 1/2″ slices
1/4 cup minced fresh mint plus mint sprigs for garnish
2 tablespoons light honey
1 1/2 cups pitted fresh cherries
lemon juice
juice of 2 limes

METHOD:

Place the cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and minced fresh mint in a bowl and toss several times.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the honey with the lemon juice until the honey dissolves, a minute or two. Pour lemon-honey mixture over the melons and toss gently several times. Add the cherries, toss gently.

Pour the lime juice over all, garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

YIELD: Serves 6

SOURCE: Recipe courtesy of calcherry.com