Holy HOTNESS! No not talking about me, talking about the weather today. Let me sum it up for you really quick. It consisted of the following; flat tire, riding in a black car with leather seats and no air conditions, a heat index of 120, busted air conditioning at the office, rocking the fan blown hair and riding in a VERY HOT black car with leather seats. Not so fun.
On such a hot stinking day a treat like this is guaranteed to hit the spot. It is utterly refreshing, sweet and the mint subtly cools your mouth. Oh and it is so stinking, extremely easy. It is definitely a win-win.
I used a small seedless watermelon, sliced in half.
Using a melon baller hollow out 1/2 of the melon.
Slice a cantaloupe in half, remove the seed.
Ball the cantaloupe and add to the watermelon. I had a way easier time balling the cantaloupe then the watermelon as you can see.
Get a small bundle of fresh basil and mint.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon.
Combine juice, basil, mint and 1/4 cup simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, cool) in a blender and blend.
Pour over the melon salad.
Transfer your salad to hollowed watermelon shell and serve.
This was absolutely delicious and did I mention refreshing. I almost forgot that the heat index today was at 120 degrees!
Basil and Mint Melon Salad (adapted Giada DeLaurentiis)
Diana Slor says
I can’t wait to make it!!!
Body Pillow says
i eat every kind of salad, but my favorite is of course fruit salad and chicken salad ;,-
Wood Salad Bowls says
I like Pasta salad! but your Basil and Mint Melon Salad Recipe interested me. your food pictures tempt my taste. surely tempt my appetite.. thanks for sharing…
Okay, I have to admit that I’m a bit skeptical of mixing basil into this but I trust you so I’m willing to be brave. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Fearless Kitchen says
This looks wonderful, and perfectly refreshing after a day like you had! (I’ll trade you for the heat index…. it hasn’t gotten above 63 here in weeks. The rest of it, though, I’ll take a pass on 🙂
This looks perfect for summer and so elegant!
[email protected] says
oh boy, 120-heat-index + black leather seats = ouch.
This melon salad looks so colorful and tasty!! It is a step up from the typical slices of watermelon at a cookout.
I just love finding recipes for summer which will utilize the fresh herbs from my garden. Basil and mint? Got ’em by the bucketloads. And simple syrup is already made, thanks to hubby and his affinity for Mojitos! So this will be super easy to throw together.
YUMMY! I’m going to have to try this one while we are at the beach! Totally Awesome!