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Marvelous Melon Vinaigrette

Keep this melon dressing handy when it comes time to fire up the grill. Use it on steak, chicken, grilled veggies (or fruits!), and more.

Time was a time when vinaigrette was vinegar, oil, and—maybe—salt and pepper. But we’ve come a long way since then. A winter melon like honeydew is the perfect candidate to be the base for a light, sweet vinaigrette with plenty of potential and staying power.

When someone says vinaigrette, you don’t have to think salad. You could use this vinaigrette on a salad, but you don’t have to stop there. Step beyond the salad bowl and try using this vinaigrette in a new way. You can find a great balance between sweet and savory.

And you don’t have to use any particular melon; when your melons are ripe, take part of one and try using it in a vinaigrette. You may be surprised at the new pop of flavor you’ll get with this unexpected ingredient.

Here are just a few ideas for expanding your vinaigrette applications:

  • Brush on slices of French or Italian bread, then grill or broil.
  • Dress up your mozzarella, tomato, and basil salad with your homemade vinaigrette.
  • Drizzle over grilled cantaloupe wedges.
  • Add vinaigrette to a cheese plate for dipping.
  • Spruce up a grain salad with a splash of vinaigrette.
  • Kick your grilled vegetables up a notch when you drizzle vinaigrette over them just before serving.
  • Give grilled tofu a tangy counterpoint.
  • Do your seafood a favor, and drizzle vinaigrette over lobster, shrimp, fish, or scallops.
  • Perk up a rice noodle bowl.
  • Be a sandwich hero; drizzle a little vinaigrette over that Italian sub.
  • Give your carrot-cabbage slaw a new kick with a fresh taste.
  • Drizzle vinaigrette over oven-roasted Brussels sprouts or asparagus.
  • Use vinaigrette as a dip for steamed artichokes.
  • Add some zing to fresh-made salsa.
  • Serve on the side as a dipping sauce for fresh veggies or pita chips.

Try changing up your choice of herbs for a distinctly different flavor. Consider swapping in fresh mint to give your vinaigrette a totally different taste! Let us know your favorite flavor combinations!

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Grilled fruit ready for dressing with melon vinaigrette

Marvelous Melon Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is a perfect balance of sweet, fragrant, and tangy. You can use it on salads, or brush it on meat, veggies, or fruit on the grill. Try spreading a little of this on a grilled wedge of cantaloupe for a whole new fruit experience!

  • Author: Norann Oleson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Chilling Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup dressing 1x
  • Category: Salads & Dressings

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup cubed melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend at high speed until the mixture is completely smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass container with an airtight lid.
  4. Refrigerate for 3 hours or more to blend flavors.

Have you made this vinaigrette? It’s so easy to make, and it has so much potential! Please tell us how you used it.

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