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Melons & Mascarpone Recipe

Melons & Mascarpone

Recipe Blog Post



(* indicates my preferred ingredients – see notes for alternatives)


1 cup mascarpone cheese

2 tablespoons Runamok Maple Syrup * (more to your preferred level of sweetness)

1 teaspoon O&V Melipone Vanilla *

1-2 tablespoons heavy cream (if needed)

8 cups chopped cantaloupe melon (or a combination of cantaloupe and honeydew)

1-2 tablespoons sugar (optional based on the sweetness level of the fruit)

4 tablespoons O&V Lime & Ginger vinegar * (reduced by half))

1/3 cup chopped salted pistachio nuts

Zest from one lime

Crushed O&V Amaretti cookies for garnish *





In a small bowl combine the mascarpone cheese, honey or maple syrup, Melipone vanilla until smooth. Create a nice spreadable, creamy consistency by adding a tablespoon or two of cream if needed.


Reduce the vinegar by half till sticky and thick.


In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped melon with the sugar (if using) and allow to sit for 5-7 minutes. Skip this step if your fruit is sweet enough and doesn’t need the added sugar


Spread the mascarpone cheese over a platter and top with the melon. Sprinkle the top with the pistachio nuts, lime zest and crushed amaretti cookies. Drizzle with the reduced vinegar.


Serve immediately (see Chef Note).




Serves 8

Active time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes


Chef Note

If you wish to pre-make this dessert, prepare each component and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Compile the dessert and add the pistachios, lime zest, amaretti cookie crumble and vinegar drizzle just before serving to prevent them turning soggy.




* I love the flavor of the Lime & Ginger vinegar but you can replace with the Lemon Vinegar, Honey Ginger vinegar, or even Elderflower Apple Lime vinegar. At a pinch this can be made with lime juice, but it loses the subtle flavors of the vinegar and makes the dish one-dimensional.


The Runamok SugarMakers Cut Maple Syrup and Melipone Vanilla add tremendous flavor. Feel free to use a local honey and a good quality vanilla instead.


I love the crunchy sweetness of the Amaretti cookies, but any other sweet crumbly cookie will be suitable.


All highlighted products are available at Oil & Vinegar stores.








Categories: Dessert, Soups & Salads, Fruit Salad, Melon and Mascarpone, Lemon Curd, Lime & Ginger Vinegar, Honey Ginger Vinegar, Elderflower Apple Lime Vinegar, Runamok Maple Syrup, Melipone Vanilla, Amaretti Cookies, Mixed Fruit Dessert, Creamy Fruit Salad, Pistachio Nuts,


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