Melon with lemon syrup and candied ginger

2
2
2
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
7 min
Prep
7 min
Cook
0 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Ready in just seven minutes, this refreshing melon salad can be served as a side dish or as a light dessert. A mix of fresh melon mingles with the bright flavors of lemon, a little bit of sugar to enhance the sweetness, and small bit of cayenne pepper to bring the tiniest hit of heat to the table. To shave some minutes off your prep time, substitute an equal amount of superfine sugar for the regular granulated sugar—it will dissolve instantly. Choosing ripe melons can be a little tough, but here are a couple hints: For cantaloupe and honeydew, choose ones that have a sweet aroma at the stem. For watermelon, look for a yellow or soft white spot on the bottom of the melon.

Ingredients

sugar

2 Tbsp

lemon zest

½ tsp, grated

fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp

water

1 Tbsp, cold

cayenne pepper

tsp, or to taste

cantaloupe

½ large, seeded, peeled, and cut into 4 wedges

fresh watermelon

1 cup(s), seedless, cubed

honeydew melon

1 cup(s), cubed

crystallized ginger

1 Tbsp, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Stir together the sugar, lemon zest and juice, water, and cayenne in a cup. Let stand 5 minutes; stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Place a wedge of cantaloupe on each of 4 plates. Spoon the watermelon and honeydew cubes over and around the cantaloupe. Drizzle lemon syrup evenly over each serving and sprinkle evenly with the ginger. Yields 1 dessert per serving.

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