August 06, 2012

Fruit Salad with Sheep Cheese

The other day while strolling through the market I accidentally came across a very lovely young sheep cheese. As you can guess, one minute it was there, humbly glancing at me from the stall, temptingly attractive, the other - with a splash of gracefulness it was already moving into the shopping bag. Not a single minute of hesitation, no second thought that could prevent this inevitable gesture. Even though I've already had a fairly perfect plan for lunch. Well, but cheese is cheese. It's like chocolate - never too much, never enough!

Melon, Black Currant and Sheep Cheese Salad

Some of the most common cheeses made from sheep's milk is Feta, Bryndza, Ricotta, Pecorino Romano and Manchego - all nothing but a delicious pleasure. But even if is not holding one of these famous names and at this point is somehow anonymous, that doesn't mean it's not full of taste. On the contrary, if it is carefully made by hand, shaped with generous amount of love, and is just slightly aged, it keeps a guaranteed promise of enchanting sweetness and almost invisible salty footprints that are singing with every single note of sinfully creamy milk notes.

That kind of cheese for me is best served with a few bites of pleasantly refreshing fruits and a generous drop of honey that is so beautiful and fresh at this time of season. Then, maybe just a couple leaves of mint and the feast is at your doorstep!

Melon, Black Currant and Sheep Cheese Salad

Honeydew Melon, Black Currant and Sheep Cheese Salad

1/2 cup melon, cut into bite-size bits
1/2 cup black currants
sheep cheese (as much as you want)
1 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 tsp lemon-balm, chopped

In a medium bow, mix fruits, honey and lemon balm. Let them sit in a refrigerator for 30 minutes, to infuse the flavors. Just before serving mix in the cheese. Garnish with a few lemon balm leaves.

Melon, Black Currant and Sheep Cheese Salad


  1. This recipe reminds me of an Italian saying: "don't let the farmer know how good is the cheese with pears". I completely forgot that the mix cheese and fruit can be amazing!

  2. Your photos are divine. I don't know if I have ever seen fruit and cheese paired so creatively. Lovely.

  3. A unique and delicious treat!
    Thanks for sharing your pictures via YUMGOGGLE Gallery. It was a more memorable launch because a lot of our friends joined us. We look forward for more of your wonderful pictures. =)