So when did they start growing watermelons the size of grapes?

Versatile and tasty

Frisée Salad with Cucamelon and Watermelon Radish 

  • A cup or more of cucamelon, halved
  • 1 large watermelon radish, cut into small wedges
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp. minced parsley
  • 2 tbsp. or so dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. fruity olive oil
  • 1 tsp. grainy French mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • Frisée lettuce

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69 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    A lovely salad to celebrate the end of end of bountiful produce!

    1. Thanks! It certainly was a celebratory salad with all those colors.

  2. gabychops says:

    Thank you, Dorothy, for this wonderfully looking fruit!
    I don’t know if I can find it here but I will definitely try!


    1. I had never seen it before Joanna, so good luck on your hunt!

    2. gabychops says:

      Thank you, I will need it!


  3. Chef Mimi says:

    That is the prettiest salad I’ve ever seen! Bravo!!!

    1. Thanks Mimi! I was quite delighted with it. It always makes me happy when I use those watermelon radishes, that color! Just makes the day a little brighter.

  4. wow didn’t know that

    1. I’m with you! But I love being surprised by something different.

  5. Bernadette says:

    Dot, you find the most amazing foods in your area, and you created a gorgeous salad.

    1. Thanks Bernie! You never know what you will find if you go searching.

  6. Sounds delicious and exotic!

    1. They were quite tasty! I hope they have them again next week so I can experiment.

  7. Anonymous says:

    What a find. I hope the miniature melons are safe and not cloned.🤔

  8. Anonymous says:

    What a find. I hope the yummy little melons are not cloned and healthy to eat. 🤔

    1. Oh no, they are an ancient plant native to Mexico and central America. Our CSA is a strictly organic farm, so I had no worries about that.

  9. NativeNM says:

    I’m in the group “who knew”. Anyone who didn’t know would think you were serving a watermelon themed salad. Looks and sounds delicious!

    1. I’m sure where you are they are probably quite common, but here in the north country I was definitely surprised! How do you like them?

      1. NativeNM says:

        Sorry, what I meant was that I had no idea about these little cucamelons. I haven’t ever seen them in any of our markets but if I do, I will remember that you found them first and i will now know how they taste. Thanks!

      2. LOL! Totally misunderstood. Happy hunting.

  10. I’ve never heard of that before!

    1. It was definitely new on my list too Marilyn! Makes me wonder what else I’ve missed.

  11. Julia says:

    What a beautiful salad! What an interesting find! Your description makes my mouth water.

    1. It was definitely a wonderful discovery. After I got home, I found dozens of sites about these little beauties when I went online!

      1. Julia says:

        If I see them, I am going to grab some!

  12. Thank you for introducing me to cucamelons. I have never heard of them before. I am now on the lookout for them. 😀

    1. I had never seen them either! So delightful.

  13. Well Dorothy these cucamelons are new to me, I must investigate further. Thanks!

    1. I know! What a find! A delightful discovery on a grey day.

  14. Once again, I wish we were neighbors so I could pull a couple of weeds for you in exchange for trying one of those. The salad looks delicious.

    1. How about helping me plant some fall bulbs! I’m looking at my bulb order, and my clay soil. Any tips?

  15. Eha says:

    Here is another ignoramus! Had never sighted a cucamelon but Mr Google was smiley and helpful! Certainly not common here but available in season at some of the ‘better’ supermarkets. Also called a mouse melon or Mexican bitter melon . . . certainly interesting . . . shall keep an eye open for it . . . very pretty salad !!!

    1. Thanks Eha! I think the image of mouse melon is quite funny!
      I did not find them particularly bitter though, not as sweet as a cucumber, and definitely a bit on the almost sour side.

  16. Forestwood says:

    This looks really interesting. I will have to keep an eye out for it. (if we have it)

    1. We’ll probably all see them now.

      1. Forestwood says:

        It often happens like that.

  17. writinstuff says:

    Looks colorful and refreshing. Your dishes are always so well put together!

    1. Thank you so much! Pretty is the allure, but it also has to taste good!

  18. lisinmayenne says:

    I tried to grow some a few years ago with no success . . . maybe it’s time to try again? 🤔

    1. It certainly is a novelty! Give it another try!

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Very interesting! When the kids were small we tried “fruit of the week”, where we tried new or unusual vegetables or fruit as an team experiment! It was kind of fun and cucamelon would have been a good fit!

    1. We did something similar, with vegetables, only not every week. It was fun, and I often picked up something I had never tried as well!

  21. How interesting, and they do sound like a super food! Your salad is a work of art, love the colors!

    1. Thank you Jenna! They were a delightful surprise.

  22. Christy B says:

    OK I had no idea! I thought they were grapes too ~ So cool!!

    1. We enjoyed them, no matter their family.

  23. Have you seen the size of the green grapes this year. I don’t know what’s in the water and soil but they are huge. And now we have long grapes called ‘finger grapes’. They are just too creepy looking but Colette loves them. 😂

    1. They have been big, and very sweet! Haven’t seen the finger grapes.

      1. They are very weird looking. Google them.

      2. Oh man! That’s just wrong!

  24. Carolyn Page says:

    I’ll be on the lookout.. Went a’googling and here’s what I found.
    “taste like a strong cucumber, maybe with a little bit of citrus.”

    1. They are quite the funny thing!

  25. Gail says:

    Someone finally figured out how to make watermelon without seeds! I’m in. They are super-cute, by the way. 🍃🍉

    1. They are cute, and quite tasty!

  26. Okay, my grandkids are going to think I’m a magician when I show them what I did with Nono’s watermelons! Never heard of these things. They look so fun. Hugs, C

    1. I think they’d be perfectly at home sitting on the kitchen table, of Barbie’s dream house!

  27. TaMara says:

    I’m going to be on the lookout for these in the future. Love trying new foods.

    1. Happy hunting! I bet you’ll find them, sooner or later.

  28. terrie gura says:

    Well, aren’t those the cutest little things?! And I love, love, love that you mixed them up with watermelon radish. Such a clever, eye-catching combo!

    1. They definitely begged to be invited to the party!

  29. nancyc says:

    Wow, love the colors in this! I need to try those cucamelons and watermelon radishes!

    1. The watermelon radishes seem to be everywhere right now; the cucamelons not so much sadly.

  30. Wow! Cucumbers with watermelon flavors or mini watermelons with cucumber flavors 😆 and they look so pretty too! I’ve never seen them here! Very interesting!

    1. They were new to me too!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Fruits and vegetables out of season or miniaturized makes me skeptical of them having been genetically engineered.🧐

    1. These are not genetically engineered, I asked.
      Although they look like a miniature watermelon, they are not a watermelon at all, and were bred and raised organically! There’s so much out there that we never see because it doesn’t fit into the commercial supermarket ideal.

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