Spicy Lime Melon Salad

This chile pepper gets its name from its origin. In Spanish, serrano is an adjective meaning “from the mountains” which is where it originated-in the mountains of Hildalgo, Mexico. The serrano is normally about twice as hot as Jalapeno (about 10,000 to 15,000 Scoville units).It is the second most popular chile pepper in Mexico. This chile is used mostly for salsas but can also be used in soups, sauces, chili or stews.Try these as a hotter substitute for Jalapeno.

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Puree 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/2 small seeded serrano chile, the juice of 2 limes, 1/4 cup olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt. Toss with 4 cups cubed assorted melons, one 15-ounce can hearts of palm (drained, rinsed and sliced 1/2 inch thick) and 2 sliced scallions; season with salt and pepper.

Photograph by Antonis Achilleos

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine.

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