Melon-and-Strawberry Salad with Spicy Lemongrass Syrup
- ACTIVE: 20 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
- SERVINGS: 6
- 2 plump lemongrass stalks, bruised and coarsely chopped
- 2 fresh hot red chiles, quartered lengthwise
- Finely grated zest of 1 lime
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 pound strawberries, halved or quartered if large
- 1 pound cubed (3/4-inch) peeled yellow or white-fleshed melon such as Canary or Crenshaw
- 2 tablespoons slivered mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons minced crystallized ginger
- 1/2 cup crème fraîche
- Set a medium bowl in a large bowl filled with ice. In a medium saucepan, combine the lemongrass, chiles, lime zest and sugar with 1 cup of water and bring to boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Transfer to the ice water bath and let chill for 15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, toss the strawberries with the melon and mint. Strain the cooled lemongrass syrup over the fruit and toss gently. Refrigerate just until slightly chilled.
- In a bowl, stir the ginger into the crème fraîche. Spoon the fruit salad into bowls, top with a dollop of the ginger cream and serve.
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