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Spicy Balsamic Melon Salad With Greens

This salad has a perfect balance of flavors. Spicy greenslike arugula or mizuna will work best with this recipe. Braising mix will also work well. If you like a really spicy salad, add more chopped green chiles before serving.

Grilled okra or nopales adds an extra dimension to this dish, if they are available.


  • 1 small or ½ of one large melon, peeled, seeded and diced into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 cups spicy greens, chopped fine
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 or 2 roasted green chiles, skin removed, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of salt


Heat oil over medium high heat, in a medium skillet. Add onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until mostly browned. Add cumin, chiles and balsamic vinegar. Reduce heat to low and simmer until vinegar is reduced by half. Add a pinch of salt and remove from heat. Strain onion and chile out of sauce and discard. Toss melon and greens together in a large bowl and drizzle with sauce.

Stir well to coat. Serve at room temperature.