Sweet Herb & Melon Salad

by Lauren

Happy belated Father’s Day to all the Daddio’s out there! More specifically, my Daddio though.

Without my dad, I wouldn’t have a clue what kind of music to listen to. Classic rock is clearly the only option.

I wouldn’t have been the fastest runner on my soccer teams growing up.

I wouldn’t have a car…or have been able to afford gas for it in high school.

I never would have had donuts every Saturday morning.

I wouldn’t be able to hit a golf ball to save my life.

I wouldn’t be nearly as frugal.

I probably would’ve opted out of going away to college. Eek.

I wouldn’t have the skinniest chicken legs of anyone, anywhere, ever.

Oh and that awkward cow lick…sweet. Thanks for that dad.

Without my dad, I wouldn’t be able to tell you what a real man should be like.

And, I most definitely wouldn’t be me. So thanks Dad, for helping me be the best that I can be!


My mom and dad skipped town (again) for Father’s Day this year. I assumed I would be joining them on their vacation since I am after all the product of his “fathering”, but alas, I was not invited.

I was totally fine with it when I found out I was going to Chris’s house to eat way too much of this melon salad and paella though! Seriously…way too much. It hurts so good.

Chris’s mom is a home cook extraordinaire and whipped up this beauty as an appetizer for everyone at Father’s Day dinner.


She also made these adorable plates. Yes, as in using clay and a kiln.

The mint and basil with melon is a flawless flavor combo. Simple syrup and lemon…perfection.


Sweet Herb & Melon Salad


2 cups cantaloupe, cut in 1 inch chunks

2 cups watermelon, cut in 1 inch chunks

1/8 teaspoon amaretto

1 bunch mint (about 2 tablespoons)

1 bunch basil (about 2 tablespoons)

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/8 cup simple syrup


Combine amaretto, mint, basil, lemon juice and simple syrup in a blender.

Pour over cantaloupe and watermelon. Toss to coat fruit. Garnish with extra mint.


From the Little Yellow Kitchen,


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3 Responses to “Sweet Herb & Melon Salad”

  1. I am the biggest savory/sweet fan and if there is a way to make fruit salad acceptable for any meal I am so there. Great job with this :)

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