What do you cook when the city is sizzling at 44 degrees C and in the kitchen the temperature easily rises another 10 degrees when the stoves are turned on.

I take refuge in such weather in salads, fruit drinks, yogurt and milk based cold soups, raitas and no-cook, no-bake recipes.

For a healthy Iftar or anytime snack, try paludah,a persian melon and peach salad. Nothing rejuvenates the body after a day of fasting like a bowl of chilled fruit salad that smells like roses.

This simple and beautiful summer compote from Persian cuisine is not just a bowlful of melons and peaches, it’s fragrant with cool rose water, flavoured with lemon and honey and topped with crushed ice. Nutritious and delicious, this is my favourite summer breakfast and dessert these days. It satisfies the sweet tooth without an overload of guilt.

1 big melon
6 peaches
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons rosewater
a pinch salt
lots of crushed ice or ice cubes

This Is What You Do:
Cut the melon in half. Scoop out the flesh with a fruit baller in melon balls or you can use a soup spoon for that.

Peel the peaches, cut in half and remove the stone. Using melon baller, scoop out peach balls or simply cut them in quarters.

Add the fruits to a deep salad bowl and drizzle some honey over them.

Add the lemon juice and the rosewater. Sprinkle with salt.

Thoroughly toss everything together. Before serving, top with crushed ice or ice cubes.

Serves 4

16 Replies to “Paludah, Persian Melon and Peach Salad”

  1. Happy to be back on your blog space Maria. I love fruits and this persian melon and peach salad looks fabulous. Bookmarking this recipe.Awesome share!

  2. Maria so good to see your post. I love fruits especially melons and peaches. You have combined 2 of my favourite fruits to make an absolutely delicious salad, I will love to dig in.

  3. Maria I love your clicks presentation. This fruit salad looks so delicious. Moreover, love those mini ball shaped fruits. surely kids will go gaga over such salads….

  4. You talk about 44C and I can’t stand more than 25 in the kitchen 🙂 I feel for you girl. You are so right when temperatures rise like this, only watery fruits are the saviour for us. Such a cool and refreshing salad.

  5. Maria,
    We have a heat wave here right now and this paludah is just what I need. As I was reading your recipe, I was taking mental notes to see if I a have all the ingredients 🙂

  6. Prefect summer salad, its peak season of melon and peach. Cant wait to give a try to this incredible salad. And such a catchy salad. Loving it.

  7. Maria my dear, good to be back at your space! Also so glad to see your Ramadan fasts went well with such amazing share / recipes that speaks both health and hydration at the same time. Great share. Peaches are in season here currently so let me book mark this to try later. Love such low cal, sugar cravings satisfying meal options any day.

  8. Maria, i have had this at a gathering and forever wanted to know what is the secret… thankyou for this recipe

  9. The melon and peach salad sounds refreshing and soothing..just wana dig into that bowl right now 😋

  10. Wow.. would love to have this fruit salad.. who can ever resist such beautifully presented dish.

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