7 Dec 2018

Jess Daniell's melon caprese salad

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:07 pm on 7 December 2018

Jess Daniell of Jess' Underground Kitchen shares her recipe for melon caprese salad as well as some ideas for savoury dishes with seasonal fruit.

Melon Caprese salad by Jess Daniel

Melon Caprese salad by Jess Daniel Photo: Supplied/Jess Daniell

While Jess loves a traditional caprese salad – with the trio of tomato, basil and mozzarella – she likes to swap the tomato for melon when it's in season. 

"You get this beautiful freshness that comes through especially if the melon has been in the fridge – nice and chilled."

This salad can be made into a complete meal with the addition of cured meat, she says.

The green dressing that accompanies it also be used as a sauce and a marinade so she recommends making up a big batch.

When you're adding fruit to a salad, think of pairings its sweetness with something salty like fetta, halloumi or a cured meat like prosciutto, Jess says.

Some other suggestions:

  • A salad of cherry, basil and goats cheese. (Good in a sandwich, too)
  • A salad of watermelon, fetta and mint. (Delicious with a bit of lemon rind)
  • A salsa of strawberry, semi-dried tomato, red onion and fresh coriander. (Great with steak or chicken off the barbecue)

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