Melon Salad With Sweet Sesame Dressing

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 mins

An Asian-inspired salad from Better Homes and Garden Magazine. Perfect summer salad!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. *Note: if you can find yellow watermelon, substitute half yellow for red watermelon.
  2. In small saucepan combine sugar, vinegar, salt, and ginger. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  3. Place dressing in a medium bowl. Slowly add both oils to sugar mixture in a thin steady stream, whisking constantly until thickened.
  4. Stir in sesame seeds, sesame oil, and cayenne pepper; set aside.
  5. In large bowl combine melon and cucumber. Add 1/2 cup of the dressing; toss to coat.
  6. Line salad bowls or a platter with lettuce; top with melon mixture. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro and bacon.
  7. Pass remaining dressing.


Most Helpful

WOW did I love this! I subbed out Splenda for the sugar and halved the amount of oil (next time I will use even less oil). I didn't have any honeydew, but it was fabulous even without. Thanks so much for sharing this tasty lunch! Made for Veg*n Swap July 2010.

JanuaryBride June 28, 2010

Woohoo! Everyone had their own favorite melon so there was no arguing! Even the picky eaters loved this! There was no cayenne (at mom's) so I used some white ground pepper. I LOVED the ginger flavor & next time will use fresh ginger. This is a wonderful salad! I think black sesame seeds would look much nicer. ;) Made for ZWT9, Mike & the Appliance Killers.

Elmotoo August 26, 2013

Yum!!!! This was delicious with what I had. I used organic cane sugar, white vinegar, sea salt, to taste, powdered ginger, light tasting extra virgin olive oil, no vegetable oil, I had no sesame seeds but they would be good I think, unrefined sesame oil (not toasted, sorry), the melons just not honeydew as I was using what I had on hand, and organic baby spring mix leaves. Taste wise it's a make again. Made for January 2013's Casual Veggie Tag (come join us everyone!)

UmmBinat January 11, 2013

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