Saturday, July 28, 2012

Melon & Bacon Salad with Sweet Sesame Dressing


Ingredients:

1/3 cup sugar

3 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or salt

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Dash cayenne pepper

2 cups cut up seedless watermelon

2 cups cut up cantaloupe

2 cups cut up honeydew

1 cup sliced English cucumber

Lettuce leaves

Snipped fresh cilantro (optional)

Crisp cooked bacon, drained and crumbled (optional)

Directions:

In small saucepan combine sugar, vinegar, salt, and ginger. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Place 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. Makes 6 servings.

Recipe shared from: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/salads/melon-salad-with-sweet-sesame-dressing/