Chilled Melon and Tomato Salad

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Made for President Obama by White House Chef Keith Fuller

Salad:
½ cantaloupe
½ cucumber
1-2 shallots
3 to 4 cups cherry tomatoes
3-4 teaspoons fresh Thai basil leaves
Salt and pepper, to taste

Dressing:
3-4 teaspoons honey
3-4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the salad:
Cut the cantaloupe into small chunks. Peel the cucumber, remove the seeds, and dice it. Peel and thinly slice the shallots. Cut each cherry tomato in half. Cut the Thai basil into thin strips (this is called a chiffonade).

In a large bowl, gently toss together the cantaloupe, cucumber, tomatoes, basil and shallots.

For the dressing:
Mix the dressing ingredients in a bowl.

Pour over the fruit and vegetable mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let it sit for a few minutes to blend the flavors before serving.

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