Basil Lime Sodas & Herbal Melon Ice Cubes

Makes 1 soda
Ingredients
Herbal melon ice cubes
Juice of 1 lime
2 ounces basil lime syrup
Soda water
Melon ball ice cubes
Directions
Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into a large glass filled with herbal melon ice cubes. Place 2 ounces of the basil lime syrup inside and fill with soda water and stir. Add more syrup for added sweetness. Garnish [...]

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Cantaloupe Mint Cucumber Gazpacho

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 medium cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and cut into small dice
2 bunches green onions, sliced fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup champagne [...]

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Cava melon Sangria

Makes 1 pitcher
Ingredients
1 cup honeydew melon, balled
1 cup cantaloupe, balled
½ cup galia melon, balled
½ cup basil, chopped
½ cup mint, chopped
¼ cup honey
Juice and zest of one lemon, lime and orange
2 bottles cava or an effervescent white wine
Directions
Muddle basil, mint, honey, zest and juice and combine with wine and melons. Let stand in the refrigerator for [...]

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Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

Serves 6
Ingredients
4 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt/pepper
2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped fine
1 medium Pepino melon, seeds removed, peeled and chopped fine (1 cup chopped honeydew melon can be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons jalapeno or Serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado [...]

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Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

Serves 6
Ingredients
4 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt/pepper
2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped fine
1 medium Pepino melon, seeds removed, peeled and chopped fine (1 cup chopped honeydew melon can be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons jalapeño or serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado [...]

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Cilantro Lime Honeydew Prosciutto Bites

Makes 20 Bites
INGREDIENTS
Lime marmalade, recipe below
10 each prosciutto slices, sliced thin and cut in half
½ cup cilantro leaves
1 ripe honeydew melon, skin removed, sliced in 2 to 3” long slices
PREPARATION
To assemble, spread ½ teaspoon lime marmalade over the prosciutto and place a few cilantro leaves on top, followed by a slice of melon and then [...]

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Crenshaw & Basil Frozen Ice

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
2 cups crenshaw melon, cubed in 1 inch cubes and frozen solid overnight (or other melon)
1 cup simple syrup (infused with basil a plus)
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
Directions
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and icy. Be careful not to over blend as the frozen honey dew will melt [...]

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Galia Melon and Frozen Grape Thyme Gazpacho

There is no food more reminiscent of summer, more cooling in the scorching heat, than gazpacho.  In the late summer, when local tomatoes are tasty and plentiful, it’s one of the easiest, most impressive and refreshing light meals.

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Heirloom Melon and Prosciutto Wraps with Lemon Thyme Drizzle

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
1 heirloom melon, deseeded, peeled and sliced into small wedges
18-20 slices of prosciutto
Lemon thyme drizzle (recipe follows)
Maldon salt
Directions
Wrap the prosciutto slices around the melon slices tightly and drizzle with a small amount of the lemon thyme syrup.
Lemon Thyme Drizzle
Ingredients
¼ cup water
1 cup honey
4 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
Directions
In a small sauce pan heat honey [...]

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Herstarr Honeydew Popsicles

This recipe was invented by none other than Svea Herstarr Pierson, when on a  hot summer week in Southern California the Pierson’s came together and got a dud honeydew melon.  Svea stepped up for the picky Pierson palette and with the  un-wasteful gene embedded in her, created these healthy, simple and totally delicious, not to [...]

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Melon & Herb White Sangria

A spritzer is a cool drink that is served with a mixture of fizzy or bubbled liquid along with flat liquid. We know them best as wine spritzers which are an incredibly lovely way to refresh yourself in the summer without adding tons of alcohol.

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Mixed Melon Salsa

Herbs and melons have unique pairing potential due to their extremely complex flavors.  With the addition of herbs, the melon flavor tends to deepen and create a heightened complexity and sweetness in their taste.  With a smorgasbord of possibilities, herbs and melons offer us a beautiful pairing for summer’s hottest days.  Experiment with the many different varieties available and fine tune the recipes to your specific taste profile. This lovely pairing is sure to make your summertime dining a truly decadent experience!

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Summer Melon Bubble Tea

Makes 1 drink
Ingredients
¼ strong black tea
¼ cup cooked large tapioca pearls
¼ fresh summer melon puree of choice
¼ cup coconut milk
Crushed ice
Directions
Make black tea and allow to cool. Allow to cool in the refrigerator. In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Add the tapioca pearls (make 2 cups [...]

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