Fresh Tri-Melon Salad With Thai Chile Vinaigrette

The Black Cat Kitchen
by The Black Cat Kitchen
2 servings
15 min

I just adore how this recipe came out. We have fast-approached the tail end of summer harvest and I had to take a moment to highlight and appreciate the 3 melons I was able to grow successfully in my garden this season. Watermelon, cantaloupe, and little adorable cucamelons. I topped it with fresh cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds, and Thai basil. To dress the salad, I created a Thai Chile vinaigrette with sweet Thai Chile sauce as the predominant flavor.

If you have never had a cucamelon, they are sort of like a hybrid between a cucumber and a melon. They are little bitty and they have a sharp and bright taste like a cucumber and lemon. This salad is multi-flavored with a bit savory and sweet, with a little heat. I thought the textures were just so perfect together with the flavor combinations. This would be a standout dish to serve with a brunch! Enjoy :)

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Fresh Tri-Melon Salad With Thai Chile Vinaigrette
Recipe details
  • 2  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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Thai Chile Vinaigrette
  • 2 Tbsp Thai sweet Chile sauce
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 10-15 cucamelons, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 5-10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup of cubed watermelon, divided
  • 1 cup balled cantaloupe, divided
  • bunch of Thai basil
  • sprinkling of white sesame seeds for the topping
  • drizzle of vinaigrette to taste on each salad
Ball the cantaloupe, cube the watermelon, slice the cucamelons and tomatoes in half
Make the dressing and drizzle over the divided fruit (between two serving dishes).
Top with sesame seeds and Thai basil
Thai Chile Vinaigrette
Pour Thai sweet chili sauce into a bowl, stir with fork or whisk the brown sugar into it. Add the vinegar and whisk. Finally add the olive oil, whisking while adding. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • You do not absolutely have to use Thai basil, I just think it compliments the dish very nicely overall.
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  • Eva Ely Eva Ely on May 19, 2022

    What are cucamelons and can you replace with something easier to find?

    • The Black Cat Kitchen The Black Cat Kitchen on May 23, 2022

      Yes! Please read my description in the notes for a better understanding of cucamelons. You could use honeydew and cucumber for a different, sweeter, flavor. Cucamelons are a bit tart, so if you can't find any, you can use honeydew and maybe a squeeze of fresh lemon juice as well. Enjoy!

  • This is such a beautiful dish - thanks for sharing! Now I'm on the hunt for cucamelons so I can make this delicious-sounding recipe.