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RECIPE: Spicy Melon Salad with Peanuts and Mint

Fish sauce adds piquant flavor this Spicy MelSalad from 'Cooking Moment' by AndreReusing. |  Courtesy Cooking Momen

Fish sauce adds a piquant flavor to this Spicy Melon Salad from "Cooking in the Moment" by Andrea Reusing. | Courtesy Cooking in the Momen

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Updated: February 20, 2012 8:00AM

You can’t mess up a beautifully ripe, sweet melon. But you can liven it up with piquant Southeast Asian flavors and the pleasant crunch of salty peanuts.


1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)

1 large fresh red Thai chile, with seeds, finely minced, or to taste

1/4 cup fish sauce

1 tablespoon sugar, plus more if needed

2 small ripe melons

10 fresh mint leaves, torn into thin strips

3 tablespoons chopped salted roasted peanuts

In medium bowl, combine lime juice, chile, fish sauce and sugar with 2 tablespoons water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cut each melon in half and remove seeds. Using a melon baller, scoop out flesh to make about 4 cups melon balls total. Add melon balls to dressing and toss. Let marinate in refrigerator for at least 45 minutes and up to several hours.

To serve, toss with mint, divide among bowls and sprinkle with peanuts.

From Cooking in the Moment (Clarkson Potter, $35) by
Andrea Reusing

Nutrition facts per serving: 113 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 19 g carbohydrates, 15 g sugars, 4 g protein, 1,425 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

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