I bought my first melon from the farmer's market last weekend and since I was still half asleep, I didn't have the wherewithall to ask about variety. It looked just like a regular cantaloupe from the outside, but as it was ripening, it had a very unusual peppery, almost garlicky aroma.
I cut into it yesterday to find that the flesh was green, a little richer in hue than a honeydew. The seeds were tightly nestled together. It was super juicy and the flavor was just as unusual as the smell. A marriage btwn. savory and sweet w/ its clear fruit quality but w/ a creamy onion backdrop. After some googling, I think it's either the Ogen or Galia, most likely Ogen. If anyone has more info, please share.
I immediately thought about using it in a salad, so threw one together tonight that's pictured below. My salad consisted of thinly-sliced melon, cherry tomatoes, corn kernels, sliced celery, bacon pieces, feta, and chopped parsley. I made a buttermilk dressing in my blender consisting of cider vinegar, buttermilk, mayo, plain yogurt, shallot, canola oil, S&P. This salad was a little wacky, but the contrasting flavors and textures really came together and allowed me to use many summertime ingredients I had on hand. Next time, I would omit celery and use chives instead of parsley.
What melon salad combos do you have up your sleeve (besides Nigella's)?
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