Daphne Oz's Grilled Cantaloupe and Vegetable Salad


Daphne Oz's Grilled Cantaloupe and Vegetable Salad


Ingredients


2ears Sweet Summer Corn (in their husks)
Olive Oil for the grill or grill pan
2medium Zucchini (sliced lengthwise into ½-inch strips)
1bunch of Asparagus (woody ends removed)
1medium Cantaloupe (halved; seeded; skin removed and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges)
1head of Romaine Lettuce (finely chopped)
3Persian Cucumbers (sliced into ¼-inch rounds)
1Avocado (pitted; peeled and cut into ½-inch dice)
1cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
12fresh Basil Leaves (shredded)
½cup Red Wine-Shallot Vinaigrette (Recipe Below)
Lemon wedges for serving

Directions

step 1
ingredients 2 ears Sweet Summer Corn (in their husks)
instructions Soak the corn (in husks) in cold water for 30 minutes.
step 2
ingredients Olive Oil for the grill or grill pan
instructions Prepare a gas or charcoal grill to medium-hot, or heat a stovetop cast-iron grill pan to medium-high. Brush the grill lightly with oil (and apply again before grilling new items).
step 3
ingredients
instructions Husk the corn, discarding the corn silk and husks. Grill the corn, rotating in quarter turns for 20 to 30 minutes until al the kernels are cooked and tender and some have blackened and charred.
step 4
ingredients 2 medium Zucchini (sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips)
1 bunch of Asparagus (woody ends removed)
1 medium Cantaloupe (halved; seeded; skin removed and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges)

instructions Grill the zucchini until tender, about 5 minutes per side. Grill the asparagus until tender, about 8 minutes. Grill the cantaloupe on each side until heated through and grill marks develop, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Chop the zucchini, asparagus, and melon into bite-sized pieces, and cut the corn kernels from the cob.
step 5
ingredients 1 head of Romaine Lettuce (finely chopped)
3 Persian Cucumbers (sliced into 1/4-inch rounds)
1 Avocado (pitted; peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice)
1 cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
12 fresh Basil Leaves (shredded)
1/2 cup Red Wine-Shallot Vinaigrette
Lemon wedges for serving

instructions Lay a bed of lettuce on each serving plate and top with the grilled items and the cucumbers, avocado, and tomatoes. Tear fresh basil over the top. Drizzle with the vinaigrette (about 2 tablespoons per serving). Serve the salad with fresh lemon wedges.
Helpful Tips:
1. Soak corn in water for 20 to 30 minutes in the husk. It helps to infuse moisture into the kernels so that they steam while cooking and remain moist.
2. Season with pepper at the end because the high heat of grilling may cause pepper to burn, resulting in a bitter taste.
3. Make your own dressing to avoid extra sugar that typically hides in store-bought dressings.




Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette

Ingredients
½cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
¼cup Red Wine (or Apple Cider) Vinegar
2tablespoons minced Shallot
2teaspoons Dijon Mustard
2teaspoons Raw Honey or Pure Maple Syrup
1tablespoon fresh Lemon juice
½teaspoon ground Coriander
Salt and fresh-cracked Black Pepper

Directions 
step 1 
ingredients 
1/2 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup Red Wine (or Apple Cider) Vinegar
 
2 tablespoons minced Shallot 

2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard

2 teaspoons Raw Honey or Pure Maple Syrup

1 tablespoon fresh Lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon ground Coriander
 Salt and fresh-cracked Black Pepper 
instructions 
In a blender or using a whisk, combine all the ingredients and blend until emulsified. 
step 2 
instructions 
Keep any remaining dressing in the refrigerator in a clean, air-tight glass jar for up to 1 week. I like to save and sanitize (simply boil in hot water for 5 minutes and dry) old mustard or jam jars just for this.