Friday, 21 March 2014

MELON SALAD w/ BALSAMIC ROASTED STRAWBERRY DRESSING


For more than a month I have been busy helping my kiddo study for the final exams alongside developing posts for the blog. Thankfully, the exams are over and I can breathe easy for now. However, the sluggish weather here has killed my mojo for cooking. Spring has paved way for summer and one is seeing summer fruits gradually tip toeing their way into the market. I lapped up the juicy melons & strawberries. Summers also kill my appetite for the heavy Indian curries. The weather and my intent to take a break from cooking resulted in this easy peasy salad with a simple dressing. There is no ‘recipe’ as such and I rather recommend that you play around it. Feel free to use berries or even stone fruits. The dressing is great with even green salad. Have fun!


Salad
2 cups Water Melon
1 cup Musk Melon
1 cup Cantaloupe

Dressing: 
250 grams Strawberries
2 tsp - 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar (adjust +/-)
1 heaping tbsp Caster Sugar (adjust +/-) 
Salt & Black Pepper powder (optional)

Garnish: 
Mint Leaves




Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Wash the strawberries and wipe them in the folds of the kitchen towel. Dab gently to remove all moisture. Halve the strawberries and arrange in a single layer in an oven proof dish (or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper). Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the strawberries and then dust over the caster sugar. 

Place the strawberries in the oven and roast for half an hour. Ensure all the while that the strawberries do not get burnt. The cooking time will depend on the size of strawberries. Remove from the oven and let cool.


Transfer the roasted strawberries to the blender or food processor and blitz. Remove and transfer to the serving bowl. The dressing is ready. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Cut the melons and cantaloupe in shape and size that you desire. I used melon baller to scoop out the flesh. Arrange them in bowls or plates and serve chilled with the dressing. 

Yield: Makes 3/4 cup 
Fruit Serving: 1 person


Thanks for visiting and see you soon again!

This recipe was featured HERE

41 comments:

  1. wow lovely clicks,very beautiful

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  2. Loved the 3rd shot!!! I am glad your daughter's exam is over and you can post wonderful recipes now :) Strawberry Balsamic combo is divine and I am sure the dressing might have uplifted the flavors of the melon.

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    1. Thanks Shibi! I made this post really in a jiffy. The exams got over today and i was expected to spend time with her!!
      You rightly said...the dressing was indeed divine.

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  3. The way you explained is yummy and this us so colorful salad.i love the bowl of berries there.background worked so well

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  4. Great idea...i can never say no to fruits.... this is calling my name out !! Lovely!!

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    1. Me too Shema! I can live my whole life by eating just fruits :D

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  5. Such a colorful and healthy treat! I want it...

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  6. I love this! so fresh and delicious and fun!

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  7. Very innovative..... Beautifully done dear!!

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  8. The first shot took my breath away. Beautiful salad!

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  9. What a delightful and refreshing treat this salad is. It's a feast for the eyes and I know my tummy would love it too, very creative!

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  10. Great pictures for a simple and yet original recipe. Even if it's not hot here yet I feel like having this fruit salad with such an intriguing dressing.

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  11. Beautiful Clicks and yummy salad.

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  12. This is absolutely awesome. I love that first shot...
    Great Salad! I never say no to fruits :-) and yes the dressing looks delish!

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  13. What a lovely, refreshing combination of melon, strawberries and balsamic!
    GORGEOUS photos!

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  14. I cannot wait until it is watermelon season here! How lovely are these kabobs!

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  15. What a gorgeous and refreshing treat!! We are trying to eat less processed food around here... this is a definitely something I must try.

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  16. gorgeous pics...loved the dressing...

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  17. Last click is just simply breath taking, very refreshing and cute looking salad, love that super duper dressing.

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  18. the fruit salad looks so good.. ur snaps are just simply amazing... hope ur little one's exams went well...

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  19. Balsalmic vinegar and strawberries are such a classic combination! This looks lovely!

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  20. The dressing sounds fantastic, perfect treat for spring!

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  21. That roasted strawberry dressing sounds amazing! Always love your pictures!

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  22. Wow super tempting clicks .looks delicious. First time Am your space .Am following u .Glad if u will visit and follow my space too .www.cookingatmayflower.blogspot.com

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  23. Hi taruna,
    My cooking mojo is down too with the heat. Can't help it right? Luckily we have refreshing treats such as your colorful and inspiring melon salad and the brilliant dressing. We will have to wait another 3 months to indulge heavier things and until then I can't wait to see your summer creations.

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  24. Awe..what an amazing photography and such refreshing salad recipe! Roasting strawberry sounds real fun.

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  25. So fresh and inviting! Your photos are stunning!

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  26. I love the last pic-melon skewer! Actually, I like the idea more. I am not a melon person but I honestly want to try that stick. Real bad! Brilliant Taruna! :)

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  27. Delicious melon salad love idea of roasting strawberries I will try it.

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  28. I'm going to be making this salad just as soon as I start finding these melons at the market. What a fabulous salad!!! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

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  29. Delicious looking strawberry dressing, I feel like I have been waiting for this refreshing recipe forever :D
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  30. Your pictures are absolutely fantastic and this melon salad looks so refreshing with a great combination of sauce…..

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  31. Roasted strawberry dressing with melons sound absolutely delicious! Beautiful photos make us wish we could eat it right now. Have wonderful week:)

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  32. I so love the combo of roast strawberries and balsamic vinegar! This looks amazing -- thanks so much.

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  33. Such a beautiful and delicious combination...I love your creativity!
    Hope you are enjoying your week :D

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  34. Classic combination! Love the melons and roasted strawberries. Your photos are gorgeous as always.

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  35. Such a beautiful and refreshing salad!

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  36. Yummy blog really.. Would be gappy for your little time in my blog and join

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