Once upon a time I won a melon baller at my cousin’s baby shower and I was embarrassingly happy. But I never got to use my coveted melon baller. I lost it instead. I know this is by far the most tragic story you’ve heard all week, but try to keep it together it gets better. Yesterday I came across a melon baller at the dollar store and I bought it. The End.
Now that I’ve wowed you with my bard-like story-telling skills, I give you the recipe for melon baller enthusiasts everywhere. I’m usually against kitchen gadgets that seem to have only one purpose. I don’t need the clutter. I have a tiny kitchen, the last thing I want to do is cram one more cooking utensil into my kitchen drawers. But as a child I had a fascination with melon ballers that I don’t completely understand. Maybe it was because my mother never owned one and it was a simple case of wanting what I did not have… I dunno, it’s weird! Whatever the reason I concocted this recipe for the sole purpose of getting use out of my new melon baller and I’m not sorry I did it.
I am in love with the color combination of this salad. The bright orange of the cantaloupe pops so beautifully against the various shades of green. I chose to use avocado, because we’re in the midst of steamy summer time affair and I don’t care who knows it. Seriously, look back at the posts I’ve made since the heat hit, I guarantee there are a ridiculous number of recipes that include avocado…
Also I wanted to see what would happen if I used a melon baller on an avocado… yeah… I’m a dork.
I added some mint, which was left over from the mojitos and jalapeno to add some interest. I topped the salad with unsalted cashews for a little nuttiness and crunch and drizzled the whole lot with lime juice and flax seed oil.
I mixed this salad when I got home from a run and it was the perfect pick-me-up. I’m positive this is not the last time we’ll see this salad this summer, I’m dying to find out how it would partner with some BBQ shrimp. I’ll keep you posted!
Give this salad a whirl! It’s oh so refreshing and satisfying even on a day with 94% humidity (please send help, my hair can’t take it). So, find that melon baller you thought you’d never use and get ready to enjoy yourself more than you’ll care to admit.
Avocado and Cantaloupe Salad: Serves 4
Juice of one lime
1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced
¼ cup unsalted cashew, roughly chopped
2 tbsp flax seed oil
1/8 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Using a melon baller scoop out individual balls of avocado and cantaloupe.
Place avocado and cantaloupe in a large bowl and drizzle with lime juice to keep the avocado from browning.
Add jalapeno, mint, cashews and flax seed oil and toss to combine.
Serve immediately with a fresh sprig of mint.