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Grilled Cantaloupe Salad with Blueberry Ginger Vinaigrette

Cantaloupe cubes and blueberries on white platter.

Servings: 6, 1 cup
Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 10 min

Ingredients

Salad

  • 6 cups greens
  • 6 wedges cantaloupe (grilled, cut into 1/2 “chunks)
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh mint – chopped

Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ¼ fresh ginger (1” piece, peeled, grated)
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

Grilling

  • Clean your grill grates to remove any chaired food or ash before grilling fruit.
  • Preheat your grill to medium high heat, about 450-500 degrees. The goal is to grill at 400 degrees.
  • Brush the grate with either vegetable or canola oil.
  • Lay the skinned and sliced cantaloupe down on the hot grill. Cook for 3 minutes. Use a grill spatula to flip each wedge and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes, until cantaloupe is softened with grill marks. If you like a little more bite to your melon, keep grill time to 3 minutes per side.
  • Remove from grill and allow to cool enough to touch.

Salad

  • Layer greens on a serving platter. Arrange cantaloupe and blueberries on top. Sprinkle pecans and goat cheese on top.
  • Make the vinaigrette by adding all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. There will likely be pieces of blueberry skin visible.
  • Pour dressing over salad or serve on the side. Store extra dressing in the fridge for up three days and shake well before serving.

Tips: No time to heat up the grill? Save time by using fresh cantaloupe instead of grilled. Also, choose any seasonal berry for budget-friendly alternatives.

Baby kale or arugula work great with this salad. If you prefer something milder, spinach or romaine will also work.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 227.4; Total Fat: 17.2 g; Cholesterol: 4.2 mg; Sodium: 43.7 mg; Total Carbs: 18.9 g; Dietary Fiber: 4.2 g; Protein: 3.2 g

1 serving of cantaloupe, 1 cup melon balls, will provide 100% of your daily Vitamin C requirements.

Find more recipes and healthy eating tips in the Cooking Up Health section of the Health and Wellness newsletter.

 


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