This is So Cal Summer Salads, the Fruit Version! With only four ingredients summer doesn't get more simple, and the flavor is incredibly beautiful. Oh yes, this salad just sings.
During the summer months, it is really no surprise to see various salads with melon and fruits; watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydew are at their peak, and a cool, sweet slice is astonishingly satisfying on a hot summer day. I think it is natural to want to combine the light sugary taste from the melons with complementary ingredients, and the most common paring seems to be watermelon and cucumber. I can remember a salad I ate last summer where I enjoyed a cucumber and melon salad with tsatziki and it was an elegant and simple lunch. Plus, the bright red color of watermelon just makes me smile.
But I like to expand my horizons, and I am always out to change up things and try different produce. That is why I get so excited every summer for those 3 or 4 weeks when my local Henry's Farmer Market features some more "exotic" melons. Some of them have been grown right here in California, but many of them come across the border from Mexico. My favorites so far are Canary, Casaba, and Santa Claus-have any of you ever tried these varieties?