Melon Salad



Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water or fruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 Spanspek (Use cantaloupes if in the USA)
  • 1/4 watermelon
  • Salt, pepper
  • 2 tablespoons muscadel or port
  • Mint, for serving
Method

In a small saucepan, place the sugar, water, lemon juice, vinegar, and ginger. Heat to a boiling, stirring well. Continue boiling for about 5 minutes, then strain syrup through a fine sieve or cheesecloth into a bowl. Cool.
Meanwhile, de-seed the cantaloupes and watermelon. Using a melon baller, collect balls and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then sprinkle on the muscatel. Toss gently. Pour syrup over melon balls and refrigerate for several hours before serving. To serve, decorate with mint sprig.


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