Fresh Fruit Salad
1 cantaloupe melon, halved and seeded
1/2 honeydew melon, seeded
1/4 cup superfine or granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup black or red seedless grapes
Using a melon baller, scoop flesh from cantaloupe and honeydew into
balls; set aside.
In a large glass or ceramic bowl, combine the sugar, lime juice,
lemon juice, orange liqueur, and lime peel. Stir well to dissolve
sugar. Add the cantaloupe and honeydew balls, strawberries, and
grapes. Toss gently to combine.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1
hour to blend flavors, stirring once or twice.
Spoon the fruit mixture into serving bowls or hollowed-out melon
halves, dividing evenly. Serve immediately.
For a tropical fruit version, substitute kiwi slices, pineapple
chunks, papaya slices, or mango cubes for some of the melon balls.
Add a little grated fresh ginger or ground ginger. A dash of
coconut extract would also make an intriguing addition. Try serving
this version in a hollowed-out pineapple half.
For a melon basket, use a non-toxic market to draw a zigzag pattern
on melon. Cut deeply into fruit along pattern, separate halves,
seed, and fill with fruit.