Ever think fruit salad is boring? This super simple recipe will change your mind. The fresh tartness of the lemon matches perfectly with the cooling mint. This is a great recipe not only for a romantic picnic for two, but any picnic! It dresses up the traditional fruit salad (more fruits that cantaloupe and watermelon can be ued) and will surely wow your friends.

Melon With Lemon Mint Dressing

by Healthy Way To Cook

Keywords: mix appetizer vegetarian melon


Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 2 cups watermelon balls
  • 2 cups cantaloupe balls
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1/8 teaspoon amaretto


To make simple syrup:

In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water with 1 cup sugar. Put over medium heat and bring to a boil, immediately reduce heat to simmer and cool at a slow simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Let syrup cool. (Store the remaining syrup in an airtight container in refrigerator for another use.) This makes 1 cup of simple syrup.

To make salad:

Put melon balls in a large bowl.

In a blender, put mint, lemon juice, simple syrup, and amaretto, blend on high until mixture is smooth.

Pour this dressing over the melon and toss to combine.

Serve in salad bowls with a sprig of mint.

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