This fragrant salad has a nice sweet taste from the bourbon and honey dressing. When the two are combined together, the bite from the alcohol is removed and has a smooth finish. The most important thing in making any salad with fruit is to buy the varieties that are in season. In this recipe I am using tropical fruit as I like to make this salad in the summer when melon is ripe and plentiful. However if you are buying the fruit in the fall or winter, be sure to purchase it a least a few days before and allow to ripen fully before assembling the salad. Berries are another great option and add beautiful color to this fragrant salad. If you are not fond of bourbon, rum or brandy is a nice substitute.
- 4 cups of fresh fruit such as honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon or strawberries, cubed
- ½ cup liquid honey
- ½ cup bourbon
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup fresh mint, thinly sliced
Combine all the ingredients for the dressing and toss with the fruit until lightly coated, careful not to bruise the fruit. Let it marinade for 30 minutes (or longer) gently tossing every 10 minutes to circulate the dressing evenly. Place into individual bowls, sprinkle with mint and serve.