For an easy yet impressive app that comes together in minutes, look no further than this simple melon carpaccio with olive-oil fried crispy sage. If you don't have a mandolin, now is the time to invest!
- 1 (2¼- to 2½-pound) melon, such as cantaloupe, muskmelon, or Crenshaw
- 3 tablespoons high-quality extra-virgin olive oil
- 25 fresh sage leaves, stemmed and thinly sliced
- Flaky sea salt
Cut the melon in half and remove the seeds. Cut into quarters and cut off the skin. Cut into long, very thin strips on a mandolin. Pile onto a serving platter, curling the melon onto itself, twisting it to achieve volume.
Put the oil in a small frying pan and set over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the sage and cook for 30 to 60 seconds. Spoon the sage evenly over the melon and drizzle the oil on top.
Season generously with salt and serve.