Summertime Melon, Salchichon Salame, Local Greens with Saffron Honeydew Splash

Summertime Melon, Salchichon Salame, Local Greens with Saffron Honeydew Splash

Summertime Melon, Serrano Ham with Local Greens topped with Saffron Honeydew Drizzle by Modern Day Forager

When your local greens and produce are at the height of the season capture all their essence and get some color.  Make this super-simple fast, fresh and easy recipe.  You are sure to shine!

Summertime Melon, Serrano Ham with Local Greens topped with Saffron Honeydew Drizzle by Modern Day Forager

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Tuscan cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1/2 cup white honeydew, cubed
  • 1/2 cup yellow honeydew, cubed
  • 1 cup Asian melon, cubed
  • 2 cups Tuscano kale, chopped
  • 1 cup chard, chopped
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 head frisee lettuce, chopped (any well textured lettuce will work)
  • 1 bulb fennel, julienned
  • 1/4 pound Salchichon salame, julienned (any cured meat will work)

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl.

Season with salt and pepper then toss.

Dressing:

  • 2 cups honeydew melon, seeded and cubed
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (neutral)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4-6 threads of Saffron
  • salt and pepper to taste

Puree honeydew in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl, pressing with a wooden spoon.

Add oil, lime juice and zest, honey, saffron, salt and pepper; whisk to combine. (my preferred method is to shake in a mason jar)
Honeydew Drizzle by Modern Day Forager

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Simply Sensational Melon Sangria

 Simply Sensational Melon Sangria

Melon Sangria by Modern Day Forager

Savour the evenings or the summer sunshine while mastering the art of making this flavor-packed sangria.  This recipe is simple and will ramp up any outdoor fare, plus we’re sure you’ll be the talk of the town or your next bbq bash.

Ingredients:

2 cups mixed melons cubed (we used cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, and Juan Canary)

4 ounces of brandy (if you wont drink it don’t cook with it)

1 granny smith apple sliced

1 bottle of Riesling (cold)

3-4 drops ginger extract

pineapple and white cranberry juice to taste (Ocean Spray makes a white cranberry and peach that works great)

Directions:

Place melon in an airtight container or zip lock bag, add brandy and refrigerate for 2 to 12 hours.

In a large serving container or pitcher stir melon, apples, wine, extract and juices together

Add ice to glasses pour in sangria and spoon extra fruit on top as garnish.

(Sangria gets better with time in the refrigerator )

Melon Sangria by Modern Day Forager

Variations

Sparkly: Club soda or ginger ale

Fruity: grapes, oranges or peaches

Savory: Basil, cardamom or saffron

Boozy: Midori, fruit schnapps, more brandy

Sugary: Moscato, 1/3 cup sugar, simple syrup

Have fun with this and please share your spin on this recipe with use here in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Melon Sangria by Modern Day Forager

 

Recipes by Rj of Urban Table
Photo Style & Art Direction by Traci of Urban Table

Photography & Art Direction by Heather of Heather Gill Photography

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Selecting, Storing and Preparing

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

Every Saturday during melon season, I was asked the same question over and over;  “Could you select a melon for me?”  “How can I tell if a melon is ripe?”  “How do I store this at home?”  So let me try to arm you with the information you need.  First of all, one of the great things about shopping at your local farmers market is that most, not all, of the farmer’s at the market grew what they are selling, that being said, the melon was picked ripe, there are degrees of ripeness to be sure, but the melon is certainly eatable.  The problem comes in when the farmer or a grocery store purchases melons that have to be trucked to their final destination.

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

 Selecting Melons:

Cantaloupe – Good quality cantaloupes will have a lot of  webbing on the skin, it will have a yellow/orange color and be slightly soft on the stem end.  If the cantaloupe is not ripe enough to your liking, store at room temperature on your kitchen counter or in a loosely closed paper bag for one to two days.

Honeydew – High-quality honeydew melons should be a creamy color and the skin will almost feel waxy when ripe.  They will be somewhat firm with a bit of softness at the stem.

Watermelon – Great tasting watermelons will be firm, even-shaped and heavy for its size.  The easiest method to judge ripeness is to look at the spot where it laid on the ground, that should be a darker yellow, and the rind overall should have a healthy sheen.  Watermelons do not ripen any further once they are cut from the vine.  Most popular watermelons are round dark green or dark green striped.  The light green oval shaped are usually not as sweet and red on the inside.

Seedless Watermelon– Like seeded watermelons, seedless watermelons will be firm, evenly shaped and heavy for their size.  Remember seedless watermelons are not seedless, instead of the large black seeds; they have the small white seeds that some people consider edible.  (I do not)

Storing Your Melons:

Uncut melons can be kept at room temperature for two to four days.  Ripe melons can be refrigerated for an additional 5 days.  Cut melons should be placed in a covered container and refrigerated for no more than three to four days.

Preparing Melon:

Melons taste wonderful just as they are.  Although, we are going to play around with them this week (that’s what we do.)  We like cantaloupe sprinkled with salt and a little black pepper, the combination is amazing, wrap them in prosciutto or any cured meats, blend the flesh and add the juice to anything, perfect addition to any fruit salad. Watermelon is wonderful with salt as well, we also like honey and lime or balsamic vinegar.  Let us know your favorite way to enjoy melons and we will pass them on to our readers.

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

I hope that I was able to shed some light on the picking a melon question, please comment here or on facebook if you have any other questions on choosing a melon or any other farm fresh fair for that matter.

Melon Week on Modern Day Forager

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