I have a lot of index cards lying around with scribbled ideas for recipes, grocery lists, and random J. M. Barrie quotes. Most of what ends up on this blog begins on one such index card.
This salad evolved from a very confused, very scribbled-over, index card. I was utterly uninspired by my refrigerator and my market list changed seven times before I finally wrote down the first few ingredients that came to mind and declared that those seemingly random elements would become a salad, and that that salad would be delicious. (I hoped...)
Random tastes delicious! This salad is everything I want from summer. Bright lime pairs wonderfully well with sweet muskmelon. Basil adds an irresistible after note and the salty aged gouda completes the salad.
This sounds weird, I know it does. Maybe pairing cheese with melon sounds like one of those things you do when you’re pregnant. Disclaimer: I’m not pregnant.
You just need to try this to know how good it is.
I am a huge fan of toss-it-all-up-in-one-bowl, refrigerate, and serve kind of recipes. This is one of those gems.
This is a great make-ahead picnic food, or you can sit on the couch and eat the whole bowl yourself. No judgment.
Muskmelon Salad with Aged Gouda
- 5 cups muskmelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chiffonade basil
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup aged gouda, crumbled
In a large bowl whisk to combine lime juice, honey, and kosher salt. Add basil and muskmelon; toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Sprinkle crumbled gouda over the salad just before serving. Enjoy!