I first made this several years ago. I don't remember how it came about, but it's an original creation
. I wouldn't exactly call myself an expert cook, but I love this salad, and it's a unique blend of fresh produce, with a sweet but savory flavor.
First, set out all the ingredients:
Melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, or any melon with firm flesh)
Italian salad dressing
Peel and chop all veggies and fruit (except the onion) and cube into approx. 1/2" or 1cm cubes. Use about equal parts of pasta and all fruit and veggies except the onion.
Onion - beware with onion, as some are very strong, and it can be overpowering if you use too much, so use MUCH less onion than your other fruits and veggies. Just enough to give a hint of onion flavor.
Mix all of the produce in a large bowl with cooked pasta, enough Italian salad dressing to spread over all the ingredients, yet not so much that you see excess. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and adjust to your taste. You might need salt too, so add salt to your preference. I think I recall I might have used cilantro too, in an earlier version.
Chill in the fridge until cold, and enjoy!
* you will notice after a day or so, a considerable amount of juice will come out of the melon and cucumber, and along with the avocado will make an unsightly 'green water' at the bottom of the bowl which you can just drain. This happens even more if you do this recipe without pasta.
Remember, this is 'chop for humans'
since it contains avocado and onion we don't want to give any to our birds