Friday, May 16, 2014

Zucchini, Sunlady Melon Salad with Plum Dressing

Should the ingredient 'cream cheese' be included into the name of this dish as well? Zucchini, Sunlady Melon Salad with Plum Dressing and Cream Cheese....phew! What a mouthful.

Zucchini, Sunlady Melon Salad with Plum Dressing

The initial plan was to whip up a quick healthy salad for dinner. As I gathered the necessary ingredients, I also seemed to be doing more than what had been visualised in mind. Before I knew it, I was baking stuff and toasting nuts. Huh.

Quick recipe? No. I'm being honest!

Healthy? I doubt, not with nugget-sized cream cheese bits in there that's just oozing with yumminess.

Things never go according to plan, does it? Especially when one has 'free reign' over the kitchen. I hold the whip here... and the spatula, the knives, the rolling pin.

Back to the salad. So, this is how it turned out in the end - six ingredients in the mix. Delicious? Yep! And refreshing to tuck into.


- ½ medium-large green zucchini
- ½ medium-large yellow zucchini
(shaved with a peeler and sliced into half)

- 2 medium tomatoes (quartered)

- several shavings of Sunlady melon (use a peeler)

- ½ cup thinly sliced beef strips
(seasoned with salt and black pepper, baked on a greased pan)

- ½ cup cream cheese (cubed and baked on a greased pan)

- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds (wok toasted)

Salad dressing:
- 2 tbsp plum sauce (bottled)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Pinch of salt
Mix the above together in a small bowl.

From Top-Left to Bottom:
1) Zucchini shavings going into the bowl
2) Throwing the tomatoes in
3) Shaving some Sunlady melon into the mix

From Top-Right to Bottom:
1) All the required ingredients ready to be put together
2) Plum sauce and olive oil
1) Add zucchini shavings, melon shavings and tomatoes into a salad bowl.
2) Pour the plum dressing over.
3) Add beef strips and toasted pumpkin seeds. Toss lightly.
4) Serve with baked cream cheese nuggets on top.

Adding plum sauce mixture into the salad

Top with strips of beef and toasted pumpkin seeds

There you go - Zucchini, Sunlady Melon Salad with Plum Dressing!

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  1. What a terrific veggie dish. I’m always looking for new ideas.. nice recipe dear....

  2. I love this combination, Sharon. Shaved veggies in a salad always look so elegant. Plum dressing is new to me, in a salad I mean...can't wait...I'll be scouring the supermarket shelves...

    1. Oh yes, it's a pretty way to present vegetables - motivation to eat right, methinks ;)

  3. Yes...this salad looks and must taste scrumptious...with zucchini and melon ribbons,plum sauce and a lovely crunch from baked cream cheese nuggets and is a platter of well suited flavors,textures and freshness...all of which make a perfectly tempting salad,thanks for sharing this goodness :-)

    1. Thank you and you're welcome, Kumars. Your words made me salivate! ^.^

  4. Looks so beautiful and colourful. Interesting combination of flavours!

  5. Hi Sharon,

    Funny that you are mentioning all the ingredients in the name of this salad :D

    It looks deliciously beautiful with a combination of bright colours!


    1. laugh at me, Zoe! I wish I could have just called this 'A bowl of sunshine' ;)

  6. Hi Sharon,
    A lovely refreshing salad! I could eat that whole plate!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you're using basmati rice, adjust the water accordingly, I have just included that in my post..oops..forgotten about it, until I read your comment! Hope you enjoy the rice!

    1. Hi Joyce, thanks. I made the rice last night and it turned out beautifully. This is one for keeps! ❤

  7. Yummy, Sharon! It's interesting to use cheese & plum sauce together. Love the colours!

    1. All made possible because I was ^.^


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