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Cantaloupe Bacon Salad

The grown up, gussied up “melon and ham” appetizer! The sweetness of melon is paired with the saltiness of bacon and rounded out with basil and green onions. Delicious!

Ingredients

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  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 cantaloupe melon
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 8 leaves of fresh basil
  • Olive oil to serve

Instructions

The fancypants version:

  1. Cook bacon until crispy. When done, set aside on a paper towel lined plate to absorb extra grease.
  2. Cut the cantaloupe in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut into quarters. Slice each quarter into 4 – 5 slices and remove the rind from each. Fan out slices, divided between 4 plates.
  3. Chop the green onion and chiffonade the basil leaves. Sprinkle over the melon slices.
  4. Once the bacon is cool enough to handle, chop finely and sprinkle over the plates.
  5. Finish each plate with a drizzle of olive oil before serving.

The easy take-to-a-BBQ version:

  1. Cook bacon until crispy. When done, set aside on a paper towel lined plate to absorb extra grease.
  2. Deseed the cantaloupe and either chop into bite size chunks or use a melon baller to remove the fruit from the rind. Add the melon to a large bowl.
  3. Chop the green onions and basil; add to the bowl.
  4. Once the bacon is cool enough to handle, chop finely and add to the bowl with a generous drizzle of olive oil. Mix to combine the salad and serve.