Cantelo- No You Di’int!

August 24, 2011

I’ve moved my food postings to a new location: Chew Your Own Adventure.

After trying this amazing Peach and Basil Salad a few weeks ago, I’ve been enamored with this fruit-plus-basil salad concept. To me, it’s the perfect summer salad: served cold with sweet and tangy flavors.

This time though I was looking for more of a side-dish than a salad, and this episode of Good Eats wherein Alton Brown does some great stuff with melons came to mind… particularly the part where he grills a musk melon in a wok.

Combine that with some bacon (or Prosciutto if you want to get fancy) and you got yourself a killer summer side-dish.

Musk Melon, it’s your time to shine!


  • 1/2 Musk Melon
  • 2 slices of cooked and chopped bacon
  • 5 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 handful of dried cranberries
  • 1 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt to taste

Cut the musk melon into half-inch cubes, and coarsely chop the basil leaves. Combine all the ingredients together and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

This really has it all: tangy, fruity, savory, herby, and cheesy flavors all mix for a great side that compliments chicken (as I did below), fish or anything really. Enjoy!