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Melon and Prosciutto Salad

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

Combining prosciutto with and mozzarella cheese isn't a radical thing, but it seems like everyone is pairing fruit and balsamic these days. The most satisfying salads combine salty, creamy, sweet, and sour. In this case, the combination of salty cheese and ham paired with refreshing summer melons topped off with a balsamic glaze is just delightful. There's nothing more elegant than cutting into a salad with a knife and digging in with a fork. It's the perfect dish on a scorching-hot summer day!

Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe or honeydew melon

  • 8 oz of fresh (cherry sized) mozzarella balls in brine

  • 4 oz of very thinly sliced prosciutto

  • 1 bunch of mint leaves, stems removed

  • 2 tablespoons of good quality extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic glaze

  • flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cut the melon of choice in half. Remove the seeds with a spoon. Peel and cut into wedges. Divide the wedges evenly between four serving plates (about 2-3 melon slices per plate).

  2. Drape prosciutto over the melon wedges.

  3. Tear each piece of mozzarella ball in half and divide them among the four servings.

  4. Scatter the mint leaves on top of each salad.

  5. Drizzle about 1/2 a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze over everything.

  6. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad with Feta and Mint

Total Time: 10 Minutes

Servings: 4

Did you know that watermelons and cucumbers are related? This explains why such a bizarre couple makes a great pair! This recipe is easy to make! In just 10 minutes you 'll have a salad that is refreshing and picnic ready. The dressing for this recipe is just a few ingredients and is very light. Add some mint and feta to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a fresh and colorful summer side dish that kids and adults alike will enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 seedless baby watermelon, about 2 lbs

  • 1 English cucumber (If using a slicing cucumber, peel and remove seeds)

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 ounces of feta cheese crumbles

  • Handful of fresh mint leaves

Preparation

  1. Cube the watermelon flesh.

  2. Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise. Cut the cucumber into quarter inch slices.

  3. Arrange the watermelon and cucumbers on a serving plate.

  4. In a mixing bowl, add olive oil, lime juice, honey, and whisk together. Season with salt and pepper (careful with the salt. Feta can be pretty salty already).

  5. Drizzle the dressing over the watermelon and cucumber.

  6. Add the feta crumbles and top with the mint leaves.

  7. Enjoy!

Charred Snap Peas with Mint and Lemon

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 5

Slightly charred snap peas, fresh mint and lemon make a bright and tasty side in just minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound snap peas

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Salt to taste

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the snap peas and garlic and sauté over high heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes until the peas are tender-crisp and slightly charred or blistering. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint, lemon zest and juice and a pinch of salt. Taste and add more lemon juice if desired before serving warm.

Serving Suggestion

Poultry and fish pair well with this simple vegetable dish and leftovers can be chilled and served in tomorrow’s lunch salad. Change the profile of this dish by using a flavored olive oil or seasoned, smoked or coarse-crystal salts, such as kosher or Maldon. But proceed with caution, as flaky salts dissolve faster than granular salts on the tongue, resulting in a saltier flavor. Crush the flakes between your fingers and add a pinch at a time to suit your taste.

Nutritional Information

94 calories, 6 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 53 mg. sodium, 9 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. fiber, 3 g. protein

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