In the summer, there is nothing like a light and refreshing fruit salad and right now the melons are so gorgeous! With such a wonderful piece of fruit, you don’t have to do much to make beautiful dish. This Italian inspired recipe uses cantaloupe and watermelon and dresses it up with a bit of honey, balsamic vinegar and a dash of black pepper. I like to serve it out of champagne flutes with a sprig of mint to add a bit of sophistication to this fantastic seasonal produce.
I love the title of this recipe, “Bella Melone” meaning “Beautiful Melon” in Italian. The Italians have such a passion of good food and quality ingredients, it makes sense they find their fruit so beautiful! I still remember when I was studying Italian in college and every morning my professor would greet me at the door with open arms and her full voice, “Buongiorno, mia bella Kristina!” (Of course followed by “Mia bella Amy” or “Mia bella Katie” as other students arrived!) She began class with such happiness and warmth and I think this recipe for “Bella Melone” is the best way to start off an Italian summer meal! Grazie mille a Professoressa Guidolti e buon appetito a tutto!
2 cups chilled seeded watermelon balls
2 cups chilled seeded cantaloupe balls
1/4 cup honey
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Freshly cracked black pepper (optional)
Divide chilled watermelon and cantaloupe among 4 dessert dishes or stemless champagne flutes. Stir together honey and balsamic vinegar and drizzle some over each serving. If desired, sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper, and garnish with fresh mint sprigs. Serves 4.
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