Saturday, May 10, 2014

Savoring the Seasons: Ribbon Summer Salad

This month's Clean Eating magazine had a section for summer side dishes with only three main ingredients, and a few pantry staples. The simplicity caught my attention.

The sweet melon, savory zucchini, thin sliced ham blended with a light viniagrette really make this salad come together in a special way.  It is a unique, easy to prepare salad that rocks the chart in delivering the fresh taste of summer.

Ribbon Summer Salad
Serves 6
Recipe from Clean Eating

2 zucchini, trimmed
1/4 lb. all-natural, thin, deli-sliced ham (no added nitrates)
1/4 cantaloupe, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried mint (note: fresh mint also works, but add it in at the end instead of mixing it into dressing)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

1.  Run a vegetable peeler lengthwise along the edge of each zucchini to make long ribbons.  Stack ham slices and cut into approximately 1x5-inch strips.

2.  In a medium bowl, combine zucchini, ham and cantaloupe.  In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, mint, salt and pepper.  Pour dressing over zucchini mixture and toss gently to combine.



Angie's Recipes said...

I can't get enough of salads at this time of year...there are so many juicy and sweet produce on the markets these days. Your zucchini ribbon salad with melon looks wonderfully delicious, Velva.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a lovely salad and with the ham, very filling too. The ribbons are so cool. Happy Mother's Day Velva.

Pam said...

Your salad is a must try! It has all the right ingredients and is pretty too!

Foodiewife said...

I'd say that this is both clean eating and good eats! So colorful. Happy Mother's Day!

Michelle said...

I like the idea of using zucchini in ribbon form.

Anonymous said...

It is a nice salad for summer!

Nammi said...

looks so colourful and fresh!!

The JR said...

It's pretty and looks good. I've never had zucchini raw.

Grandbabycakes said...

This salad is so gorgeous!! Super fresh with beautiful colors!

That Girl said...

Proscuitto and melon is such a classic, I love this twist on it.

Catherine said...

A lovely, fresh summer salad. Blessings, Catherine xo

Barbara said...

Just a perfect salad, Velva. Love the flavors and it's so pretty!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

i love that you added mint to the dish. Makes it taste even more fresh!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

This sounds really delicious, Velva!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

This truly is a unique combination of flavors…it sounds good.

Tina said...

I would never think to pair cantaloupe with zucchini - looks good.

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

We're headed to a BBQ this weekend and this salad looks like the perfect thing to bring!

Beth said...

I've enjoyed ham and melon salads before, but the zucchini is a nice twist. A perfect light meal!

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Ann Jones said...

This looks and sounds like it would be perfect for warm summer weather, yum!

A Cuban In London said...

This looks delicious. We're having spring/early summer days in London now so a salad like this will go down a treat.

Greetings from London.

Regina said...

After working outside all day, this sounds like the perfect meal to combat the heat! Sounds delicious Velva!

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