Spinach and Melon Salad with Orange Mascarpone

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Spinach + Melon Salad with Mascarpone

Crunchy, young spinach leaves, sweet and ripe Galia melon, creamy Mascarpone and a little orange zest becomes a delicious sweet and savory summer salad! It sounds a bit more exotic than it tastes, it’s a very fresh and harmonious combination. The idea for it was born out of another recipe which didn’t work out as I had expected. I felt like I salad made with melon and a milky flavour. At first, I mixed the melon with Buffalo mozzarella but the result wasn’t quite as pleasing as expected so I looked for another possible use for my juicy fruit. Spinach, mascarpone and orange, my second attempt was more successful and finally the 2 of us were satisfied with our salad.

We just wanted a quick and light lunch so I spread a big handful of young spinach leaves on 2 plates together with a quarter Galia melon cut into wedges. I mixed 2 tablespoons of mascarpone with a little freshly squeezed orange juice and dolloped little pieces of it on top of the salad. For the dressing I whisked 5 teaspoons of olive oil with 3 teaspoons of orange juice, 2 teaspoons of Balsamico vinegar and a little salt and pepper. I sprinkled the dressing on top of the leaves and fruit and finished it off with 1/2 a teaspoon of orange zest.

Sometimes you have to give your ideas a second try, change them a little but then you’ll be rewarded. It definitely won’t be the last time I make this salad!

Spinach + Melon Salad with Mascarpone

 

Spinach + Melon Salad with Mascarpone