In celebration of summer’s belated arrival, this Foodie Friday post is devoted to a refreshingly simple, yet flavor-packed, appetizer salad. A seemingly odd set of ingredients, this salad never fails to please at summer event,s and full credit for this incredible creation goes to Fusions Cuisine of Northern Virginia. The sweet, juicy melon provides a refreshing, cool background for the interplay of spices between the sambal and onion. The cilantro and mint then follow through to balance the heat on the finish.
My palate doesn’t always jump at the chance to mix savory and sweet in the same dish, but this salad is theater for your tongue. Try it. Trust me.
Ingredients (serves 4-6):
- 1 Honeydew melon
- 1 Red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp Sambal (a chili-garlic paste; find it in your grocery store’s international aisle)
- ¼ cup Sugar
- ¼ cup Red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp chopped Fresh mint
- 1 tbsp chopped Cilantro
- Peel and seed the honeydew, then cut the melon into one inch cubes
- Add the other ingredients and toss to coat
- Season to taste with salt and pepper
This salad has a ton of flavor, so you need a wine that will stand up to it. At the same time, the refreshing nature of the salad deserves an equally refreshing wine. Go with a Moscato d’Asti – it will stand up to the spice without competing with the dish. Try Cardinale Lanata Moscato d’Asti with a bright floral nose, and plenty of white peach on the palate.