At this time of year, melons start to become more prominent: watermelon, musk melon, honeydew and others. Today at the market I picked up a musk melon (often mistakenly called a cantaloupe) and a snow leopard melon (a funky striped melon reminiscent of honeydew on the interior).
The first thing a lot of people think when serving melon is to wrap slices of melon with proscuitto. I went to an amazing local butcher shop, Acme Meat Market, the other day for some of their homemade sausages. Each week they have a different variety and this week they had their “Ultimate Breakfast Sausage.” It is a blend of pork, bacon and maple syrup. I thought this would be a great accent to a melon fruit salad so I crumbled up some sausage and fried it. If you don’t have a sausage like this available, a nice maple breakfast sausage would be ok with a few bits of crumbled bacon.
Melon Sausage Salad
4 cups melon (I used musk melon and snow leopard melon), peeled, seeded, roughly chopped
75g/3 oz Ultimate Breakfast Sausage, crumbled and fried until deeply golden brown
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cold pressed flax oil
On two plates, evenly scatter the melon varieties. Top with crumbled, fried sausage and sprinkle lightly with ground black pepper. Drizzle with a bit of flax oil. Serves 2.