The Cambridge, or My Melon and Crème Fraiche Summer Salad!

My Melon and Crème Fraiche Summer salad.. we first had this delicious salad in a lovely river-side restaurant in Cambridge.
We used to beg a table on the balcony and watch the world punting by as we ate. Every time we make it, it reminds us of lovely times in a beautiful city..
It’s so easy to put together, you’ll have lunch or your starter made before you know it!
Cambridge 2010 (1)
This salad is so light and refreshing, and so easy to throw together that it not only makes a delicious lunchtime treat, but also doubles up very sucessfully as a unusual and simple starter.
INGREDIENTS: (feeds 4 as a starter, or two as a light lunch)
cambridge salad
  • A bag of nice leaves, tossed with a little oil, lemon juice and the merest sprinkle of garlic salt.
  • One or two small fine peppers, thinly sliced.
  • Half a ripe melon, in cubes
  • Half a tub of Crème Fraiche (reduced fat will do, if that’s what you prefer) with a teaspoon of ground cumin and some salt mixed in. Mix it well together and taste it for seasoning..


  • Divide the dressed leaves between the plates
  • Throw on the peppers and melon.
  • Spoon over the crème fraiche mix, and garnish (if you feel like it) with a little chopped parsley.
And serve… Ta da!

I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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