Honeydew Salad with Ginger Dressing and Peanuts

Photo by Alex Lau, Food Styling by Susie Theodorou

Just the side your barbecue ribs are looking for, this all-green salad gets a kick from serrano, ginger, and just a hint of fish sauce. Keep the melon ice-cold for maximum contrast.

4–6 servings


    • 6 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp. fish sauce
    • 1 tsp. finely grated peeled ginger (from one 1" piece)
    • 1 tsp. light brown sugar
    • 1 serrano chile, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 medium honeydew melon (about 2 lb.), seeds and rind removed, flesh cut into wedges, wedges halved crosswise
    • 3 small Persian cucumbers, sliced on a diagonal 1/4" thick
    • 1 avocado, peeled, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 cup mint leaves
    • 1/4 cup salted, dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
    • Flaky sea salt


    1. Whisk vinegar, fish sauce, ginger, and brown sugar in a large bowl to combine. Add chile and let sit 10 minutes.
    2. Add melon, cucumbers, and avocado and toss to coat. Transfer to a platter; top with mint and peanuts and sprinkle with salt.

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