Shaved Melon-Avocado Salad Recipe

Shaved Melon-Avocado SaladSome days I have more to say than others, and today is one of those days.  If you’re not in the mood or you’re rushed, please skip to the bottom for the recipe.  Otherwise, take your time and hang out with me for a bit.

In the La Tourangelle brochure, it says: “La Tourangelle artisan nut oils are handcrafted in our California mill in the spirit of the traditional oil-making method we developed 150 years ago in France.”

Avocado OilWhen a company like La Tourangelle approaches me about sampling one of their products, I know they’ve at the very least, skimmed Cooking On The Weekends, and have an idea of what I’m all about.

With a delicate, almost buttery flavor and a mouth feel that’s amazingly smooth, La Tourangelle Avocado Oil is lovely.   It’s fantastic in this salad recipe — especially with the bits of finger limes mixed into it.  Delicious!  (Remember when I introduced Finger limes?)  Not only is the avocado oil superb cold, but it’s fantastic for grilling, sautéing and frying, as it has a very high smoking point.  (Avocado oil also has a few awesome cosmetic uses — you can check those out here, because well, we’re cooking at Cooking On The Weekends, not washing hair!)La Tourangelle oils are Non-GMO certified, 100% natural, and the list of avocado oil health benefits is impressive.Shaved Melon-Avocado Salad

And now I digress . . .  I get a lot of emails offering me products to taste, to recipe test with, and/or to promote — and they all fall into one of three categories.  Category one:  These are from people who clearly didn’t spend a second on my site.  Category two:  These are from people who maybe a second on my site, but clearly pretend it’s been much more.  And category three:  These are from people who’ve spent a good amount of time on my site, and understand what I write about.

True story:  Last week I was offered a product “to share with my readers,” because the company felt it would be a “perfect fit.”  They said that since they’d read my post for my Grilled Jalapeño-Pepper Jack Turkey Burgers, they thought I’d love it.  Really?!  Are you kidding me?  Drum roll please . . .  prostate vitamins.  Yep, you heard me, prostate vitamins!  Can you imagine such a product on this site?  Though with such an obvious correlation between the spicy, hearty burgers and the vitamins. . . Not!)  Um, hello Category Two.

So hearing from companies like La Tourangelle is refreshing — I greatly appreciate them.  And while I’ve obviously been promoting the heck out of them, this is in fact, not a sponsored post — and as always, I only share things with you here that I truly love.

Shaved Melon-Avocado Salad Recipe
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Serves: Serves 2 as an appetizer
  • about 4 (1 to 2-inch thick) slices of melon (I used Summer Kiss - delicious!)
  • about ¼ cup super thinly sliced red onion
  • about 2-ounces shaved hard cheese (I used Kerrygold Aged Cheddar -- Parmesan would be great, too)
  • ¼ medium-sized avocado, super thinly sliced
  • about 1½ tablespoons La Tourangelle Avocado Oil
  • 2 small Finger limes
  • Sea salt
  1. Remove the skin from the melon slices and then holding them down on a clean, dry surface, use a vegetable peeler to "shave" them into super thin, ribbon-like slices. (You can also use a very sharp knife, if it's easier.) Add the melon to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Add the onion, cheese and avocado slices.
  3. Drizzle with the avocado oil, cut the Finger limes in half, horizontally, and then squeeze them on top. (Here's more about Finger limes.)
  4. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and serve. (It's quick and easy to toss every together in the mixing bowl, but for a very pretty, composed finish, you can arrange the ingredients, as you prepare them, directly onto the serving plates.
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  1. says

    Our grocer just started carrying La Touragnelle oils, and I am so excited to try this salad! (Probably before the brownies!)

    Happy Sunday!!

  2. Amy Bowman says

    That looks so refreshing! I’ve got some Lime infused Avocado Oil by Avohaus that is going to be perfect with your recipe. Love Avocado Oil…thanks for spotlighting it’s versatility and the health benefits like you mentioned are “Impressive”!

    • valentina says

      Thanks so much, Amy. Hope you enjoy the salad — and how great the oil is already in your pantry. 🙂

  3. says

    I love Tourangelle oils!!! They are my “go to” for nut oils and the avocado oil is gorgeous – and so is this salad! Love the combination of melon, avocado, cheese and the kick from the fingers limes is perfect!! You know, it’s really unfair to tempt me this early in the morning!!

  4. says

    Gorgeous! Some fancy schmancy restaurant needs to buy this recipe from you – much smaller portions of course. Just one question: how the heck did you make those awesome avocado ribbons?

  5. says

    I adore a light salad that includes sweet, juicy summer fruit! Your scrumptious recipe is one to try while melons are still in season.

    • valentina says

      Thanks, Deb. I’m eating as much melon as possible before the end of the season. So sweet this year.

  6. Aimee says

    First of all, that anecdote about the prostrate vitamins is too funny! Hah – can’t wait to see what recipe you come up with for that one. 🙂

    Second, I made this last night. I was disappointed that my local Gelson’s didn’t have the Avocado oil (or finger limes), but I went ahead anyway. Made it with avocado, summer kiss melon, regular old limes, parmesan, red onion and part with walnut oil and part with olive oil. I could see how the avocado oil would really bring it together, but it was still absolutely lovely. Such an interesting mix of flavors – sweet, tangy, creamy – with a little bite. I loved it – you are so creative! Mine looked a lot more messy than your gorgeous presentation, but I didn’t care one bit.

    • valentina says

      Aimée – you are the sweetest! Thank you for trying this recipe! SO HAPPY you liked it! (I think the walnut oil would be delish!)

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