May 23, 2014

Cucumber Canapés with Fresh Melon Salsa

Can you tell I’m into colorful foods lately? We eat with our eyes first and I’ll tell ya, these guys are so pretty I didn’t even want to take a bite. Can we say, “eye candy?” Yes, indeed!

A canapé is a type of hors d’oeuvre, usually a little one-bite, open-faced sandwich (on bread). The word canapé comes from the French word for “couch” using the analogy that the garnish sits atop the bread as people do a couch. I did away with the bread and used cucumbers instead. The result? A super-fresh bite, perfect for a special gathering or any Summer celebration. Bring them to a picnic or barbecue on Memorial Day or the 4th of July. Everyone will oooh and ahhh. 🙂

I may have gone a little overboard with all the photos in this post… I couldn’t help myself!
Ingredients:

  • English cucumber, striped and sliced into ½” rounds (use as many or as little as you like)
  • shredded daikon radish — again, depends on how many canapés you want to make. I shredded about ¼ cup radish for one cucumber and it was plenty.

~ for the salsa, mix together:

  • 1 cup diced honeydew melon
  • ½ cup diced watermelon
  • ½ cup diced mango
  • 1 tsp finely chopped mint leaves (I used peppermint) 
  • juice of ½ lime
With this amount of salsa, I had quite a bit left over using only one cucumber. It was wonderful all on its own!

Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

4 responses to “Cucumber Canapés with Fresh Melon Salsa”

  1. Liking this sweet – ish approach to Cuc canapes…..I make mine with all sorts of savoury toppings but have never thought to do this. Summer time is a way away but I see this in December!!!

  2. Helyn says:

    Yes, I understand Rach! It's finally smoothie weather here. What's the temp by you now?

  3. Well….until yesterday it had been in the mid 20's (celcius) in a freakishly last ditch effort at summer before winter (officially winter here on 1st June which is Sunday!!) but today it was 18 and raining and I think the rest of the week is similar…..meanwhile our crazy government are trying to deny climate change……yerright!!! I still have my smoothies most of the time at present although may go to some porridge if it gets cool soon as a change. Smoothies are just so quick / easy / healthy / no brainer on the go option for me which is good since I rarely have the luxury of sitting down for breakfast with 2 munchkins!!

  4. Helyn says:

    Enjoy the weather while you can… we had -4F here this past winter. Brr!!

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