This Cucumber-Melon Salad Has Every thing Good in This World (Aka Salt and Cheese)


If there’s one lesson I’ve realized in my first summer season again at Bon Appétit, it’s that the 29 years I’ve spent not placing salt on fruit have been, effectively, A HUGE MISTAKE. I’m speaking burrata with plums. Cantaloupe with olive oil. And this new recipe for Cucumber and Melon Salad with Chile and Honey, which is actually the one manner I wish to eat melon for the remainder of the summer season.

As is the case with roughly 40 % of the recipes I prepare dinner, this salad was born from the thoughts of senior meals editor Claire Saffitz. It’s the sort of salad that appears WAY fancier and tough to make than it’s, nevertheless it’s simply shaving some strips of cucumber and melon and cheese, toasting nuts, and whisking collectively a quite simple spicy-salty-sweet dressing to pour over all of it. (And when you’re at the moment residing in an air-condition-less kitchen like me, you should purchase roasted pistachios and skip turning on the oven altogether.)


Photograph by Ted Cavanaugh

Yep, you need one.

There may be one device that may make getting ready this salad infinitely simpler, and, sure, it’s a mandoline. Like many different BA staffers, I’m actually about that Benriner mandoline life. My mother and father had one in all these round after I was rising up after which I had to purchase my very own after I labored as a line prepare dinner, so it’s turn out to be second nature for me to succeed in for one in my dwelling kitchen. However I get that they are sort of…alarmingly sharp and scary. (Although I’ll say in all the time I spent professionally cooking, the one time I required stitches was after I sliced off the nook of my proper index finger off with a boring knife!!! Far more vital in my view to verify your knives keep nice and sharp.) Anecdotally, I do know lots of people who go for this smaller Oxo Good Grips hand-held mandoline slicer with a finger guard as a result of they discover the Benriner a bit too massive and intimidating.

When you’re outfitted with a mandoline, go for melon and cucumber planks that are not too paper-thin like the way in which we tend to shave radishes for salads. The melon and cukes will launch some liquid and lose a little bit of crunchiness after they’re dressed; you need the planks to have some heft to them so that they don’t get droopy as soon as they’re tossed within the dressing. You’ll additionally use the mandoline to shave some ricotta salata, aka pressed, salted, and dried recent ricotta. For that, you’ll wish to set the blade width to a barely wider setting so the cheese doesn’t crumble and as a substitute shaves into easy sheets.

Ever since I first tried this salad, it has really felt bizarre to me to eat melon with out some type of salt within the combine. I say this as I’m consuming my second complete melon of the season, which I’ve blanketed in chile flakes and sea salt and lime juice and 10/10 would eat once more. With melon season lastly upon us, it’s time to seize a handful of Diamond kosher salt and MAKE IT HAPPEN, individuals!

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