Spicy Balsamic Melon Salad With Greens

September 15, 2008

Spicy Balsamic Melon Salad With Greens

This salad has a perfect balance of flavors. Spicy greenslike arugula or mizuna will work best with this recipe. Braising mix will also work well. If you like a really spicy salad, add more chopped green chiles before serving.

Grilled okra or nopales adds an extra dimension to this dish, if they are available.

1 small or ½ of one large melon, peeled, seeded and diced

into 1 inch chunks

2 cups spicy greens, chopped fine

½ cup balsamic vinegar

½ yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 or 2 roasted green chiles, skin removed, chopped

2 teaspoons oil

½ teaspoon ground cumin

Pinch of salt

Heat oil over medium high heat, in a medium skillet. Add onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until mostly browned. Add cumin, chiles and balsamic vinegar. Reduce heat to low and simmer until vinegar is reduced by half. Add a pinch of salt and remove from heat. Strain onion and chile out of sauce and discard. Toss melon and greens together in a large bowl and drizzle with sauce.

Stir well to coat. Serve at room temperature.

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