Thursday, September 27, 2012
208. Cantaloupe Salad
I know that Fall is upon us in part of the US, but there are others that are just starting to feel the first rays of sunshine or reaching a temperature that is still warm and hot but finally bearable. Florida and Arizona come to mind for the later part of that sentence.
I for one will not complain that our temperatures are finally in the 70's and far away from the 90's of the last few months.
What I love about this salad is the combination of sweet from the cantaloupe and savory from the tomato and green onion. This salad is delicious on its own with a bit of salt and pepper or I enjoy adding a bit of olive oil and a flavored vinaigrette.
The oil and vinaigrette stores are showing up all across the US. If you are like me, I get a bit overwhelmed walking up to the oil aisle of my favorite grocery store. There they are in their beautiful bottles, fancy labels and price points.
Where to begin? Does it matter that one is $5.99 and the other is $25.99?
Samples are galore as you enter the oil and vinaigrette locations. They are eager for you to try and taste their product, in some cases drink it. LOL I always feel so guilty taking more than I will use yet they fill it right up.
My favorite flavor is peach. It has the fresh flavor of a peach that I miss this time of year. It is a gentle reminder of the summer that has past and the summer to come. This is the flavor that I add to my cantaloupe salad.
I usually buy the Italian Herb Olive Oil. It pairs well with most things that I prepare. I am looking forward to returning and purchasing the garlic infused, now that sounds dynamic to me.
Enjoy this simple salad.
Recipe: Cantaloupe Salad
1/2 cantaloupe, cubed
1 tomato, diced medium
1/4 cup of diced green onions
1/2 cup of cubed mozzarella cheese
salt to taste
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of peach vinaigrette (optional) OR use your favorite flavor
Combine all ingredients, toss and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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