Melon slices just got a whole lot more interesting.
Summer brings delicious sweet juicy melon, which can be a little boring at times. But then, I saw a brilliant idea to make plain old melon slices a little more sophisticated on one of my favorite food blogs, The Perfect Pantry. Lydia’s Melon with a Peanut topping looked so intriguing, I had to try my own spin.
This topping with walnuts, lemon zest and mint is so delicious you will be tempted to just skip the melon and eat the topping out of a bowl with a spoon. It has crunch, it has zip and it has tang – a perfect match for the sweet soft melon goodness.
Classic Italian gremolata has three ingredients: parsley, lemon zest and garlic. Italians use it to add zip to most any savory dish. The same concept is used with this sweet walnut gremolata – it adds zip and texture to the melon slices. Or pretty much any fruit salad you can dream up.
Happy Melon Season, everyone!
— posted by Donna
LEMON WALNUT GREMOLATA
1 cup diced toasted walnuts
1/4 cup diced mint leaves
Juice and zest of one lemon
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
Pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients together and let stand for at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved.
Other fab uses of gremolata: