Pimm's melon cup

    45 min

    This fruit salad is inspired by the classic summer drink, which is often garnished with so much fruit that it is almost a fruit salad in itself. A mixture of sweet melon, berries, pear and cucumber is marinated in Pimm's and then served in melon shells. A decoration of pretty borage flowers is a traditional finish.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 small Ogen melon
    • 1 small cantaloupe melon
    • 200 g (7 oz) strawberries, sliced
    • 1 pear, cut into 2.5 cm (1 in) chunks
    • ¼ cucumber, cut into 1 cm (½ in) dice
    • 1 carambola (star fruit), cut into 5 mm (¼ in) slices
    • 6 tbsp Pimm's
    • 2 tbsp shredded lemon balm leaves
    • borage flowers to decorate (optional)

    Prep:45min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Cut the melons in half horizontally and scoop out the seeds from the centre. Using a melon baller or a small spoon, scoop out the flesh into a large bowl. Reserve the melon shells.
    2. Add the sliced strawberries, pear chunks and cucumber dice to the melon in the bowl. Reserve some slices of starfruit for decoration and chop the rest. Add to the bowl.
    3. Sprinkle the Pimm's over the fruit. Add the shredded lemon balm and stir gently to mix together. Cover with cling film and set aside in a cool place or the fridge to marinate for 20 minutes.
    4. With a tablespoon scoop any odd pieces of melon flesh from the shells to make them smooth. Pile the fruit mixture into the shells and decorate with the reserved slices of carambola and borage flowers, if using.

    Each serving provides

    Excellent source of vitamin C. Good source of vitamin A. Useful source of folate.

    Some more ideas

    For a non-alcoholic version, omit the Pimm's and flavour with 1–2 tsp of a cordial such as elderflower. * Turn this into a luncheon fruit and vegetable salad, using just 1 melon (either Ogen or cantaloupe), the strawberries and cucumber plus an apple instead of the pear and 100 g (3½ oz) seedless green grapes. Omit the Pimm's. Make a bed of salad leaves, including some watercress and chopped spring onion, on each plate and pile the fruit on top. Add a scoop of plain cottage cheese and sprinkle with chopped fresh mint and toasted pine nuts.

    Plus points

    This delicious combination of fresh fruit provides plenty of fibre and vitamins, especially vitamin C and beta-carotene (which is found in orange-fleshed melon varieties), both important antioxidants. * Maximum alcohol recommendations for the general population are 3–4 units a day for men and 2–3 units a day for women. Diabetes UK recommend 3 and 2 units respectively.

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