Honeydew Caprese Salad

August 21, 2022mayurisjikoni

Event: Sunday Funday

Theme: Basil

Recipe: Honeydew Caprese Salad

Honeydew Caprese Salad is a different and fresh twist to the classic caprese. With crunch from the cucumber, sweetness from the honeydew melon, slight tang from the tomatoes and ohhh the taste of fresh mozzarella makes this salad a perfect summer indulgence.

 

What Is Caprese?

Simply put it is an Italian Salad with fresh summery ingredients, tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil and fresh mozzarella. Add a bit of salt and pepper, and you have a refreshing filling summery salad ready in a jiffy.

Variations Of Caprese

These days one can easily find variations of Caprese Salad. When possible I make a mixed melon caprese using watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. It is the best way to enjoy melons during the summer season.

Another variation I love is the strawberry caprese.

Next on my list before the peaches disappear is blueberry and peach caprese salad.

Add pasta to a caprese salad to make a filling lunch.

For today’s recipe I’ve used honeydew melon, cucumber, tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella.

 

Sunday Funday

By the way, Sunday Funday is a group of Food Bloggers. Every Sunday we  share some fun, traditional, hearty or easy recipes to make Sunday Family Meals a bit more exciting. To join this fun group, visit the Sunday Funday Facebook Page. Request to join in.

 

Theme: Basil

This week Sue who blogs at Palatable Pastime suggested we use only fresh basil, no dried, pastes, oils etc. As basil is abundantly available and I didn’t want to spend time cooking as it is quite hot, I opted for an easy but super delicious and hydrating honeydew caprese salad. Initially I had planned to redo my old post on Basil Garlic Bread, but guess it will have to wait till it becomes a bit cool.

What Is Basil?

Basil is a herb that belongs to the Mint or Lamiaceae family. It is a common herb used in Italian, Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese Cuisine. The herb is fragrant and tastes peppery sweet. There are several varieties of basil but I’ve had the opportunity to use only Thai basil besides the sweet basil. Thai basil tends to be more anise flavour.

Holy Basil is another type of basil that is very common in the Indian Sub Continent. It is usually not used as a garnish or as a herb in cooking. Holy basil is often used for medicinal purposes like Kadha/ Herbal Tea. Also the leaves are chewed on to relieve stomach ailments, tooth or gum aches. Holy basil has a peppery taste. It has several medicinal properties. Also known as Tulsi in Hindi, it is often used when worshipping and offering Lord Krishna as He loves this holy plant.

Some Dishes Where I Have Used Fresh Basil

FETA OLIVE AND BASIL BREAD
Feta, Olive and Basil Bread is a homemade bread which is stuffed with feta, olives and basil. Superbly delicious, goes well with a hearty salad or soup. Makes a good bread to carry for lunch, picnics or even when you're travelling.
Check out this recipe
CAPRESE SKEWERS
Caprese Skewers make a fantastic, easy to make, healthy and super delicious starter or appetizer recipe. With syrupy balsamic vinegar drizzled over it, caprese skewers are simply irresistible.
Check out this recipe

Braided Pesto Bread

Pesto Mushroom Pies

Check Out How Fellow Members Of Sunday Funday Have Used Fresh Basil

 

 

 

HONEYDEW CAPRESE SALAD

mayurisjikoni
Honeydew Caprese Salad is a different and fresh twist to the classic caprese. With crunch from the cucumber, sweetness from the honeydew melon, slight tang from the tomatoes and ohhh the taste of fresh mozzarella makes this salad a perfect summer indulgence.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Light Meal, Salad, Starter
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups honeydew cubes cut into small cubes
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 10-12 baby tomatoes
  • 12 basil leaves
  • ¾ cup mozzarella cut into small cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze

Instructions
 

  • Remove the peel and chop honeydew into small cubes.
  • Slice the cucumber or cut into quarters.
  • Slice the tomatoes into halves.
  • Chop the fresh mozzarella into small cubes.
  • Chop the basil.
  • Add salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic glaze.
  • Toss the salad and serve.

Notes

  • Chop  the basil as it turns blackish. Add and mix immediately.
  • Add rocket if you want to.
  • Can use normal tomatoes. Cut them into small pieces.
  • Use a mixture of melons like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew.
Keyword honeydew caprese salad, honeydew salad, melon caprese salad

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12 Comments

  • Karen’s Kitchen Stories

    August 21, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Basil and melon is such a great combination. Your salad is gorgeous.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 22, 2022 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you so much Karen and agree with you that basil and melon go together so well.

  • Sneha Datar

    August 23, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Love honeydew melon and in a salad must have tasted delicious!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 23, 2022 at 2:32 pm

      Yes Sneha, it tastes so good. The first time I made this salad was when I had to use up honeydew that was not sweet. Since then it has become a popular salad for my family.

  • Jayashree. T.Rao

    August 25, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    5 stars
    Caprese Salad has a refreshing taste with the addition of basil in it. Looks good and would be happy to have it. Let me see if I can source the ingredients.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 25, 2022 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree, hope you find all the ingredients.

  • Kalyani

    August 26, 2022 at 5:37 am

    5 stars
    The combo of honeydew and cucumber with the tarty / salty cheese is oh so summery, light and fresh. Loving it 😊

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 26, 2022 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani. Perfect way to enjoy honeydew that is not naturally sweet.

  • Seema Sriram

    August 29, 2022 at 12:24 am

    5 stars
    I adore this salad. Love honey melon always and you just added something more to double that. The salad is refreshing and perfect for every day.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 29, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks Seema, we love this salad, so go ahead and give it a try.

  • Archana

    September 3, 2022 at 1:03 am

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this melon salad. Simple, refreshing and I can add other melons and veggies as you mentioned. I have some watermelon and cantaloupe so planning on a delicious salad. Thanks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 3, 2022 at 7:59 pm

      Enjoy the salad when you make it. It is so delicious.

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