Um, has anyone else noticed how ridiculously hot it’s been lately?
Like stupid hot. Like I-don’t-even-want-to-leave-the-comfort-of-air-conditioning-and-sit-on-the-pourch-and-drink-a-cold-beer-hot. And believe me, that’s saying something.
When it’s that hot out, there are very few things that appeal to me to eat (again, that’s also saying something). I only want something cold, refreshing and only made out of fruits and vegetables. This salad was the absolutely perfect solution.
The cucumber and melon both have a high water content and subtle flavors, making them prefect when the heat index is threatening dehydration. This light vinaigrette brightens up the melon and cucumber just enough without overpowering it. The red onion adds a hint of kick that I just could not get enough of. The salad tasted wonderful the second I made it, and fantastic the next night as leftovers.
This is seriously the perfect summer dish, especially when the thermostat is hovering around 100º F. I know it will be appearing again and again in my kitchen. I highly suggest you try it in yours! Enjoy!
Prep time: 10 minutes | Total time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2-4 servings
- 2 cups cucumbers, seeds removed, cubed
- 2 cups cantaloupe, cubed
- ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 1 tbs honey
- 2 tbs olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles
Combine the cucumber, cantaloupe and onion in a large bowl. In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, honey and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the vinaigrette over the melon and cucumber and gently toss to coat. Sprinkle on goat cheese and serve.