Mix up your salad routine with this visually striking Kiwano Melon, Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad.
Spark lively conversation when you serve this unique Kiwano Melon, Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad. Your loved ones will adore this flavor-packed salad at your Mother’s Day brunch or luncheon.
If you are new to this crazy looking tropical fruit that looks more like a cartoon pet than a fruit, Kiwano Melon (also known as a horned melon) comes from the cucumber and melon family. This exotic fruit, native to Africa is now being grown in California, thanks to Melissa’s Produce.
Inside the Kiwano’s spiky orange skin is a vibrant green jelly-like pulp. To me, the taste is like a refreshingly fruity mix of banana, cucumber and melon. Others also mention tasting notes of kiwi, passion fruit and lime. No matter what flavors you discover in this wonderfully weird fruit, be assured that every mouthful is a delightful experience.
This pulp is so beautiful and bright it demands attention, and I can’t decide if it is more delicious when eaten fresh, or used in drinks, or as a foil in savory dishes and desserts.
If you haven’t yet tasted the Kiwano melon, know it is easy to find, and rush right out there to get one. You’ll be bowled over by everything about it, mostly its multi-fruit flavor.
Kiwano Melon, Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad
This unique Kiwano Melon, Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad is served right in a Kiwano Melon shell. Making it a show-stopper at your next meal.
- 2 Kiwano melons
- 8 oz. (227g) smoked trout
- 2 large avocados peeled, pitted and diced
- 1 English cucumber peeled and diced
- 2 oz. (57g) shallots diced
- 3 Tablespoons sherry vinegar
- Pepper to taste
- Piment d’Espelette or Chile Lime Seasoning Blend
Cut the Kiwano melons lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp into a bowl. Use a small sharp knife to cut any membrane attached to the shell. Reserve 1/2 cup pulp for garnish. Reserve shell.
De-bone trout, and flake with a knife. Add to bowl of Kiwano melon pulp.
Add avocados, cucumbers and shallots.
Toss with sherry vinegar and pepper to taste.
Scoop salad into Kiwano melon shell, top with remaining pulp and sprinkle with Piment d’Espelette and serve.
I do hope you check out this exotic melon and make this delicious Kiwano Melon, Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad.
Kiwano melon also pairs delightfully with scallops.
Check out my recipe for Seared Scallops with Kiwano Melon and Ginger Vinaigrette
Great conversation starts, when a dish made with Kiwano Melon arrives at the table.
…and then, she paused for thought.