Melon Salad With Sweet Sesame Dressing

"An Asian-inspired salad from Better Homes and Garden Magazine. Perfect summer salad!"
photo by januarybride photo by januarybride
photo by januarybride
photo by Maryland Jim photo by Maryland Jim
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  • *Note: if you can find yellow watermelon, substitute half yellow for red watermelon.
  • In small saucepan combine sugar, vinegar, salt, and ginger. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  • Place dressing in a medium bowl. Slowly add both oils to sugar mixture in a thin steady stream, whisking constantly until thickened.
  • Stir in sesame seeds, sesame oil, and cayenne pepper; set aside.
  • In large bowl combine melon and cucumber. Add 1/2 cup of the dressing; toss to coat.
  • Line salad bowls or a platter with lettuce; top with melon mixture. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro and bacon.
  • Pass remaining dressing.

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  1. januarybride
    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.
  2. Elmotoo
    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.
  3. UmmBinat
    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!)
  4. Maryland Jim
    Oh this is a very refreshing salad. I cut the recipe for the salad portion in half since there is only two of us but made the whole dressing portion. My wife is going to use the extra dressing at a later date. We will be making this again for sure. Thanks for a great new salad. Made for ZWT6 Voracious Vagabonds.
  5. morgainegeiser
    This was a fairly easy salad to make and we enjoyed all the fresh ingredients. We had a cucumber to put in the salad but a little "buggie" had gotten to it before us, so no cucu., plus we skipped the lettue leaves. So we were a little off track. My picture doesn't do justice to the wonderful sweet sesame dressing, which is the highlight of the salad. Next time I will try it with the cucumber. Made for ZWT6



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