Do you ever think about what you would make if a famous person you admire came over for a meal? Sometimes this is how a recipe comes about, and this one was inspired by what I would make if Lizzo came to my house for brunch. If she ever comes knocking at my door, I hope it's during watermelon season because I would make this salad for her, and I genuinely believe she would love it!
But I want to know if you love it, so give this Sweet & Sour Melon Salad a try. The tartness of the lime juice, paired with the crispy apples, compliments the melon in a way that makes your mouth water. Then you add the goji berries, and WHOA! It's like a bowl of candy, nature's candy, and its best.
This recipe also calls for a teaspoon of 100% fruit berry jam, and this is a great way to draw out the sweetness in the melon. Stear away from jams or jellies with sugar; that will make this too sweet. If you don't have any 100% jam available, a better substitute would be honey or pure maple syrup.
This Sweet & Sour Melon Salad of a bowl of sweet & sour candies. The tartness of the lime juice, paired with the crispy apples, compliments the melon in a way that makes your mouth water. Then you add the goji berries, and WHOA!
1 lime, zest & juice
1/4 tsp salt
1 teaspoon 100% fruit jam (any berry type)
1 12oz can of crushed pineapple
1 small seedless watermelon
1 small cantaloupe
2 Honeycrisp apples
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup goji berries
In a large mixing bowl, add the lime zest and lime juice and the salt and jam. Whisk until combined. Add the canned pineapple and mix it into the lime juice mixture. Set aside.
Carefully remove the watermelon rind and cut the watermelon into small diced pieces, and add to the mixing bowl.
Slice the cantaloupe in half and remove the seeds, and rind. Cut the cantaloupe into equally sized pieces. Add to the bowl.
Cut around the core of the apple and discard. Cut the apples into equally sized pieces. Add to the bowl.
Chop the pecans and add them to the melon along with the goji berries.
Toss until well combined. Refrigerate the salad for at least one hour, ideally four hours before serving.
You can serve the Sweet & Sour Melon Salad alone or top with some plain or vanilla Greek yogurt or coconut cream for a bit of decadence.
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