Comment: On a hot summer day nothing beats a crisp, cool salad with a zesty vinaigrette. Incorporate our favorite summertime fruits into both the salad and the dressing and you have a showstopper on your hands. For an extra treat consider adding boiled shrimp to this salad.
Ingredients for salad: 1 cup red watermelon, cubed and seeded 1 cup yellow watermelon, cubed and seeded 1 cup cantaloupe, cubed and seeded 1 cup honeydew melon, cubed and seeded 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 1/2 cup fresh raspberries 1/2 cup finely sliced red onion 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, shredded
Method: In a large glass bowl combine melons, berries, onion and pepper flakes. Cover and refrigerate while preparing vinaigrette.
Ingredients for Vinaigrette: 2 cups red watermelon, cubed and seeded 1 tsp balsamic vinegar 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes salt and cracked black pepper to taste
Method for Vinaigrette: Purée cubed melon in a food processor or blender. Strain and transfer to a medium glass bowl. Combine vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir until well dissolved. Pour mixture over refrigerated fruit and marinate for 1 hour. Stir gently every 15 minutes. Before serving, add spinach leaves and toss to coat. Serve salad in soup bowls.
NOTE: For added zest, try topping the salad with Feta.