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Melon and Cucumber Salad

A melon and cucumber salad combines crisp cucumbers, sweet honeydew, and peppery kohlrabi. Served with softly whipped mascarpone, lime juice, smoked almonds, and a healthy sprinkling of microgreens. Not only is it full of incredible flavors, but it’s also a seriously pretty salad.

A white platter with melon and cucumber salad with strips of cucumber and melon on a bed of whipped mascarpone, topped with chopped almonds, cilantro and edible flowers.

Adapted from Vivian Lui | Eat California | Smith Street Books, 2020

It’s apparent when melon has arrived at the farmers’ market because most of the chefs in the state will have it on their menu in some form to celebrate the iconic summer flavors.–Vivian Lui

Melon and Cucumber Salad

A white platter with melon and cucumber salad with strips of cucumber and melon on a bed of whipped mascarpone, topped with chopped almonds, cilantro and edible flowers.

When the weather gets hot, this salad will cool you off. The shaved cucumber and melon will release some liquid and lose a bit of crunch after they’re dressed, so toss everything together just before serving.

Vivian Lui

Prep 25 mins

Cook 5 mins

Total 30 mins

Salad

American

6 servings

197 kcal

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  • In a small skillet over medium-low heat, toast sesame, coriander, and cumin seeds until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. Add almonds and toast for 1 minute more. Remove from the pan and leave to cool. Roughly chop or smash seeds and nuts with a mortar and pestle.
  • Swipe mascarpone on the bottom of a large platter or around the sides of a large shallow serving bowl. Layer melon, cucumbers, and kohlrabi, then sprinkle seed mix all over.
  • Season with salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Squeeze a little lime juice to taste. Top with finger limes and flowering herbs or microgreens.

*What are microgreens?

Those cute little shoots that you see are simply lettuce, herb, and veggie sprouts that are harvested when they’re about an inch tall. And they can be nearly anything green and edible–kale, broccoli, sunflowers, lettuce, arugula, watercress, peas, just to name a few. 
Their popularity comes from the fact that they make a gorgeous garnish but also because they’re little nutrient powerhouses. In fact, they often contain more nutrition than the mature version of the same plant.

Serving: 1servingCalories: 197kcal (10%)Carbohydrates: 14g (5%)Protein: 4g (8%)Fat: 16g (25%)Saturated Fat: 8g (50%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mg (9%)Sodium: 19mg (1%)Potassium: 168mg (5%)Fiber: 4g (17%)Sugar: 2g (2%)Vitamin A: 460IU (9%)Vitamin C: 35mg (42%)Calcium: 100mg (10%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Originally published September 11, 2021

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