Tangy pickled onions and creamy avocados add a surprisingly savory bite to this crisp fruit salad. When served in a pretty martini glass, it makes a stunning first course.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • To make pickled onions, combine the thinly sliced red onion and the red wine vinegar in a small bowl. Cover; chill for at least one hour.

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  • Pour the orange juice into a large salad bowl. Whisk in the olive oil and orange zest; season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of black pepper. Toss the cantaloupe, watermelon, and mango in the dressing. Just before serving, stir in the pickled onions and cilantro leaves.

  • Cut the avocados into 1/2 inch dice; place in a small bowl. Sprinkle with the lime juice, and season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir lightly to combine. Spoon an even amount of avocado into the bottom of 6 large martini or wine glasses. Top avocado with melon salad; garnish each salad with a lime slice.

Nutrition Facts

196 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 24.3g 8% DV; fat 11.8g 18% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 179.7mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (12)

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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2010
This recipe is a wonderful change of pace! I wasn't sure if the onions juice and vinegar would be a good combination with sweet melons but it was terrific. My family loved it. I didn't change anything other than 1/4 cup of store bought orange juice because I only had one orange on hand and could only get 1/4 cup of juice from it. I used the store bought juice to make it to the 1/2 cup the recipe called for. I also added a little more pepper because I love pepper! Will make this again and again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2015
This was way too tart and the flavors did not go well together. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2010
This recipe is a wonderful change of pace! I wasn't sure if the onions juice and vinegar would be a good combination with sweet melons but it was terrific. My family loved it. I didn't change anything other than 1/4 cup of store bought orange juice because I only had one orange on hand and could only get 1/4 cup of juice from it. I used the store bought juice to make it to the 1/2 cup the recipe called for. I also added a little more pepper because I love pepper! Will make this again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2010
Best fruit salad I have ever tasted! Festive easy wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2011
This was a hit. Pretty colorful and refreshing. Although it is involved to make most of it can be prepared hours ahead and assembled at the last minute. This is the most interesting salad I've ever made or tasted. I put our salads in rather large margarita glasses and it was gorgeous and impressive. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2011
Wonderful!!! I made it according to recipe and love it. Try it for something different! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/05/2014
Great summer salad. Being cilantro is a semi-acquired taste I've also done this sans avocado substituting lemons for lime/juice fresh basil for cilantro & sweet Cherubs (grape tomatoes halved) for avocado. But I personally loved the original just the way it is. Many possibilities with fruits herbs & juices though. Thank you for a wonderful summer salad that's out of the norm. Will use this for catering also;) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2012
Absolutely Delish and refreshing! Thanks for sharing! reviewed First Faceless frenzy Western Allstars 2012 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2013
Very tasty great summer salad nice presentation. Be sure not to toss the avocado too much at the end or it will mush up. I had a guest ask for the recipe and I will be making this again so I'd say it's a hit! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2013
This was refreshing. I made according to the recipe. I think next time I would forgo the avocado as it just didn't "fit" in for me. Excellent change of pace. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2015
This was way too tart and the flavors did not go well together. Read More
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