This is a summertime staple around here. It’s cooling, light and easy to make. That, my friends, is perfection during these hot days!

Melon & Mint Salad
1 Cantaloupe
1 Honey Dew Mellon
1 cup Fresh Berries (your choice)
Fresh Mint (finely chopped)
Peel and dice the melons into bite sized chunks and place into a large bowl. Add the berries and mint.

For the Mint Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Sugar
1 bunch Fresh Mint (about 10 leaves)
2 tablespoons Pernod (optional)
Mix the water and sugar in a small sauce pan and place over medium high heat. Bring to a boil stirring until the sugar dissolves.
Boil for about 2-3 more minutes then take the pan off the heat. Add the mint leaves and allow to steep (like tea)
Allow the syrup to cool completely then take out the mint leaves.
Add the Pernod to the mixture.
Pour the mint simple syrup over the melon salad and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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