Asparagus with Grilled Melon Salad


  • 1/2 small cantaloupe melon, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chile paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Drizzle the melon slices with the olive oil and place in the grill pan. Grill undisturbed until browned on the first side, about 30 seconds. Flip and grill on the reverse side for an additional 30 seconds. Remove to a cutting board to cool slightly, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Place the grilled melon in a medium bowl, along with the tomatoes, mint, lime juice, chile paste and salt; mix well with a spoon. Set aside to let the flavors mingle.

Meanwhile, heat water in a large skillet over medium heat. When bubbles just start rising to the surface, add olive oil and reduce the heat to medium low to keep the mixture at just below a simmer. Add the thyme and salt, swirling the pan to combine. Add the asparagus and toss gently to coat. Cover the pan and cook until the asparagus is tender all the way through when pierced with the tip of a knife, 5 minutes.

Remove the asparagus to a platter and spoon some of the melon salad over the top.


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