Desserts don’t come much simpler than this white chocolate, melon and mint fruit salad. With just four ingredients and minimal cooking required, you can create a visually-stunning dish that will wow your fellow diners – and at just 285 calories per serving, it’s a healthy one, too. Try mixing up your melon varieties or chocolate type (dark, milk etc) for a new twist each time you prepare it. The subtle addition of mint springs and syrup makes this a very refreshing summer evening option.
285 CALS PER SERVE
100g caster sugar
a generous handful of mint, leaves picked, plus 3 extra sprigs for the syrup
900g cantaloupe melon, deseeded (or use mixed varieties)
100g white chocolate, broken into pieces
1. Place the sugar in a medium saucepan with 100ml water and three sprigs of mint. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook until the sugar has completely dissolved, stirring from time to time. Set aside to cool then remove the mint.
2. Using a melon baller, scoop out the flesh of the melon. Alternatively, you can slice into 2cm chunks.
3. Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, ensuring the bowl does not touch the water, then spread out thinly on a large, flat baking tray. Allow to cool and harden, then peel away curls of the white chocolate using the back of a knife.
4. Arrange the balls of melon on a large serving platter, pour over the mint syrup, scatter with the remaining mint leaves and decorate with the white chocolate curls.
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