M is for … Melon Cucumber Salad

M is for … Melon Cucumber Salad – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 4 tbsp lemon juice
• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tsp agave nectar
• 1/4 tsp sea salt
• 1/4 tsp black pepper
• 1 small honeydew melon, seeded and cut into bite-sized chunks
• 1 golden kiwi, halved and sliced
• ½ English cucumber, cut into chunks
• 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
• 1/3 cup black olives, roughly chopped
• 3 tbsp finely chopped dill
• ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Assembly
1. In a small bowl whisk together lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, agave nectar, salt and pepper until emulsified.
2. In a large bowl add honey dew, golden kiwi, English cucumber, red onion, black olives and dill.
3. Drizzle dressing over salad and mix.
4. Finally top with crumbled feta cheese and give one last quick mix and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is one of my most creative salads to date. The combination of fruits and vegetables and it being both salty and sweet was very delicious. I would make this for a dinner party in a heartbeat.

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Cantaloupe Sorbetto

Cantaloupe Sorbetto - Candy Coated Culinista

Cantaloupe Sorbetto – Candy Coated Culinista

Italian food is my second favourite type of food and yet I don’t own one purely Italian book yet. My book arrived last Saturday and I had to make something immediately from it. Fall is here and soon from now cantaloupe will be at a premium, so now is the best time while summer fruits are still readily available.

Molto Gusto – Mario Batali

Yield/Serving: 5 cups
Prep Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Simple Syrup
• 2 cup water
• 2 cup sugar
Sorbetto
• 3 ½ cups cantaloupe juice, from 1 cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
• 1 ½ cups simple syrup
• Juice from 1 lemon
• ½ tsp sea salt

Assembly
Simple Syrup
1. Over medium heat, stir equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and boil until sugar has dissolved.
2. Remove from heat and let cool.
3. Pour into a container and let chill thoroughly.
Sorbetto
4. Peel, seed and cut cantaloupe into cubes.
5. Place cantaloupe pieces into a blender along with the simple syrup and lemon juice on the juice setting and blend.
6. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, until thoroughly chilled.
7. Freeze the sorbet in an ice cream machine, according to the manufactures instructions.
8. Place into a container and freeze for 1 hour before serving.

Tips
• Syrup will keep for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Surprisingly I found this to be sweet. I thought this would never happen but it has; I am starting to get used to the less refined sugars in my diet. Other than that I could taste the freshness of the cantaloupe. This is my third time making sorbet/sorbetto and each time the results varied. The first time the sorbet was rock hard (a fruit ice cube); the second time I think there was too much fruit and not enough sugar and this time too much sugar. I found that the sorbetto wouldn’t set even though I have a proper ice cream container for the freezer. I also think my freezer is too full not allowing enough cold air to blast the sorbetto. The mixture should taste a little sweet because as the freezing occurs it will lose some of its sweetness. I love the idea of a cantaloupe sorbetto and I will make this again adjusted to my new palette.

Cantaloupe Sorbetto - Candy Coated Culinista

Cantaloupe Sorbetto – Candy Coated Culinista

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