Honeydew Bocconcini Salad

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Ask most people for a good summer salad using fresh mozzarella and they’ll probably tell you Insalata Caprese: tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, olive oil. That’s fine and all, unless you are like me and you don’t like raw tomatoes. I offer melon, mint, mozzarella as an alternative.

We received a honeydew in our produce box this week. I remembered a cantaloupe and bocconcini salad from Martha Stewart’s Everday Food: Great Food Fast cookbook (which is a lovely cookbook, but full of meat and wheat so I don’t frequently use it anymore) I always wanted to try. This is my variation.

  • 1 ripe honeydew, cubed
  • 7 ounces bocconcini or ~1 cup cubed fresh mozzarella
  • half a lemon
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  • sea salt
  • freshly cracked pepper
  1. Combine honeydew, cheese, and mint in a large bowl. Squeeze lemon over the top. Season with salt and pepper. Toss and serve immediately.

(Serves 4)

We are lacking in the melon baller department, but if you have one, balls work just as well as cubes.

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Comments

  1. I never would have thought of that combination, but it sounds really interesting. I must give this a try!

  2. Hey Katie, I hope you do get to give it a shot. It’s a nice summery salad.

  3. I ended up making this for Memorial Day (with cantaloupe, because I couldn’t find a ripe honeydew), and it was fabulous! My Dad (who isn’t usually a big fan of fruit in salads) raved about it. Thanks!

  4. I too have a father who bears a grudge against fruit in salad. Good to hear it worked out. :D

  5. I really really don’t like tomatoes either, lol. Thanks! I never would have thought of this. I lived in France and every time I see a tomato and mozzarella salad, it looks so pretty, but I just can’t stand tomatoes. (I found a way to be polite and eat them while I was there.)

  6. You’re a stronger lady than I. I really just can’t make myself eat them.

  7. Kalinda,
    I was there for my church, so I needed to be polite! lol. I discovered that it was the seeds I disliked the most, so I pushed those to the side of the plate, and downed the rest with water. ;) Plus, they usually put that amazing South of France olive oil and vinegar on them, which helped a lot.

  8. Brilliant. Cannot eat tomatoes and always looking for new salads for summer. Now if I can just find a honeydew with some flavor……

  9. Hopefully when we get into summer you can find some good ones.

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