SMASHED CUCUMBER AND CANTALOUPE SALAD WITH COTIJA CHEESE

SMASHED CUCUMBER AND CANTALOUPE SALAD WITH COTIJA CHEESE
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Ingredients

2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
6 oz. whole mini Persian cucumbers
4 oz. ripe cantaloupe, julienned on mandolin
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 oz. Grated Sierra® Cotija Cheese from V&V SUPREMO®
1 oz. toasted, salted pumpkin seeds, crushed
2 Tbsp. julienned radish
1/4 tsp. powdered ancho chile
lime wedges, for serving

Method of Preparation

  1. Whisk lime juice and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Trim ends off cucumbers. Place cucumbers in plastic re-sealable bag. Smash several times with bottom of skillet. Chop roughly.
  3. Add cucumbers, cantaloupe, and cilantro to lime juice. Toss well.
  4. Place half of cucumber mixture on plate. Distribute half of cheese and half of seeds over mixture. Top with remaining mixture. Distribute remaining cheese and seeds over salad.
  5. Top with radishes, cilantro and chile. Serve with lime wedges on the side.
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