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Celery and Cantaloupe salad January 25, 2012

Posted by inspiredbywolfe in Vegetables, Wolfe recipe.

Nero Wolfe sometimes likes to put strange things together. In particular, his combination of fruit and savoury things is something I often question. Sometimes I understand the end result and completely agree that the apparently strange combination works, but sometimes, I don’t. I’ll always try making it – but that doesn’t mean I like or understand the end result. This cantaloupe salad is one of these occasions.

I started by chopping up celery hearts and cantaloupe, trying to keep them approximately all the same size. I ended up using some normal celery pieces too, so I had a good ratio of celery to cantaloupe.

I made a dressing of tarragon vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. The recipe called for currant jelly to be added to the dressing; not having any currant jelly, I substituted plum jam. Here’s the dressing all mixed up.

I tipped the dressing over the salad, and added a generous amount of poppy seeds and coriander seeds.

I mixed these all together and served.

I admit I wasn’t sure of this. The crunch of the celery was nice, and the dressing provided a nice vinegary tang. However, the overwhelming sensation was one of sweetness, from the cantaloupe. I understand that the sweetness was mitigated somewhat by the dressing, poppy seeds and celery, but overall I thought this was too sweet for my thought of what a (savory) salad should be.

Nero Wolfe still hasn’t converted me to his way of thinking about sweet and savoury together. However, I am willing to continue experimenting with these recipes in the hope that Wolfe’s theory of sweet and savoury will grow on me.




1. leaf (the indolent cook) - January 25, 2012

This is pretty interesting. I like the sound of the dressing.

inspiredbywolfe - January 29, 2012

Yes the dressing, celery and poppy seeds were all really nice. It is the cantaloupe I remain unsure about!

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