Pickled Watermelon Rind with Prosciutto, Melon and Arugula Salad

Pickled Watermelon Rind with Prosciutto, Melon and Arugula Salad
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Pickled Watermelon Rind
  1. 3 T. kosher salt
  2. 3 cups water
  3. 3 cups diced watermelon rind, green part removed and discarded (from about 1 small
  4. watermelon)
  5. 1½ cups granulated sugar, divided
  6. ¾ cup white wine vinegar
  7. ¾ t. ground cloves
  8. ¾ t. ground allspice
  9. 1 cinnamon stick
Salad
  1. ½ medium shallot, minced
  2. ½ medium lemon, juiced
  3. 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  4. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  5. 1 cup cantaloupe cut in small dice (about a quarter of a small cantaloupe)
  6. 4 cups arugula (about 4 ounces)
  7. ½ cup (about 2 ounces) thinly sliced prosciutto
  8. ½ cup Pickled Watermelon Rind
Pickled Watermelon Rind
  1. Dissolve the salt in the water and pour it over the watermelon rind. Let the mixture stand for four hours, then strain, rinse and place the rind in a medium saucepan. Cover with fresh water, bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Strain the rind.
  2. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, warm ½ cup sugar with the vinegar, lemon, cloves, allspice and cinnamon until the sugar dissolves. Pour the hot mixture over the rind, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  3. Drain the rind and reserve the liquid. Place the liquid in a saucepan set over high heat and stir in an additional ½ cup sugar. Bring to a boil and pour the liquid over the reserved rind. Refrigerate for another 24 hours.
  4. Drain the rind and reserve the liquid. Place the liquid in a saucepan set over high heat and stir in the final ½ cup sugar. Bring to a boil and pour the liquid over the reserved rind. Use within one week or can the watermelon rind for later use.
Make the salad
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the shallot, lemon juice and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the cantaloupe and arugula with the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the salad on a platter and drape the prosciutto over the arugula. Serve with pickled watermelon rind.
Adapted from Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Chicago
Adapted from Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Chicago
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