Melon, cucumber and courgette salad with olives

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Melons are now totally off season, but it is still worthwhile to post this  super light, super healthy and super refreshing  little salad. It was the best Summer dish * ever *…  Too bad I couldn’t do it more ofter.

Melon, cucumber and courgette salad with olives onion (adapted from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall column in The Guardian)

Ingredients

  • ½ large cucumber (about 200g, deseeded  and cut in half moon slices about 2mm thick)
  • 1 medium courgette (about 200g, cut into 2mm thick slices)
  • ¼ small charentais or galia melon (about 200gm sliced as above)
  • 50g pitted black olives, chopped as above
  • Juice of ½ small lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 Method

Quarter the cucumber lengthways, scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon and slice into thin quarter-moons about 2mm thick. Put the slices in a large bowl.

Top and tail the courgette, quarter it lengthways and cut into pieces the same thickness as the cucumber. Add to the bowl.

Scoop the seeds out of the melon. Carefully slice the melon off its skin, then cut it first lengthways into two to three slender wedges, then crosswise, as with the cucumber and courgette. Add to the bowl.

Roughly chop the olives and add to the salad.

Squeeze over the lemon juice, trickle over the oil, give it a good seasoning and stir together gently. Taste, add more salt, pepper or lemon juice if needed, and serve straight away


Serrano ham with melon mousse

This is where the rest of the ham ended up… A delicious combination of flavors with a sophisticated touch, ideal for Summer.

Serrano ham with melon mousse (adapted from the Inés and Simone Ortega’s Book of Tapas)

Ingredients

  • 3 gelatin leaves
  • 3 halved small melons, seeds removed (it works best with cantaloupe)
  • 1 cup (=250 mL) of whipped cream
  • 12 thin slices of cured ham
  • Salt and pepper

Method

1. Follow the instructions of the box to prepare the gelatin leaves.

2. Scope out of the flesh of the melon with a spoon and put them skins in the fridge. Make sure you don’t break  brea skins as you will need them to plate this dish.

3. Puree the melon flesh in a blender, until you don’t see any chunks of fruit.

4.Put a small amount of the melon puree in a small pan. Warm it through over a low heat. Fish out the gelatin leaves from the water, and add to the warm melon. Stir well until it dissolves. Fold in the remaining puree and let it cool.

5.Fold the whipped cream in the gelatin-melon mix. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Poor the mixture into the melon shells and put it back into the refrigerator until it is solid.

7. When you are about to serve it, put the ham slices on top. Be careful not to let the melon go warm.