Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Lemony Minty Melon Salad
by Csillag

Yoda had gone into hiding on Dagobah after Chancellor Palpatine revealed himself to be a Sith Lord, taken control of the government, and declared himself Emperor. The Jedi master lived a very simple life on the swamp planet and survived on whatever he could find in the boggy forest. He had always been a vegetarian since that fit with his understanding of the Force. But being a vegetarian did not mean that he deprived himself of sweet treats. He was a great lover of fruits of all kinds.

Back at the Jedi Temple before the emergence of the Empire, the old master had occasionally pottered around in the temple kitchens. On one occasion, a shipment of melons had arrived. Getting a sudden craving for the juicy fruit, the diminutive master concocted this refreshing tart and minty melon salad. When Master Mace Windu came upon him enjoying this fruity treat, Yoda offered him a sample. The normally stoic Jedi Master’s eyes widened and he practically pranced around in an unseemly display in the solarium gushing about how delicious it was.

During his years of exile as he waited for the son of the Chosen One to grow up and be directed to him to complete his Jedi training, Yoda had plenty of time to explore his adopted home. In the course of his explorations he came across patches of both types of melons he had used to create the melon salad back at the Jedi Temple. He had also found a grove of citrus trees as well as various types of herbs.

Gathering all the ingredients together, he made the tart juicy concoction again and indulged himself in memories of happier times.


  • 2 to 3 cups cantaloupe balls
  • 2 to 3 cups watermelon chunks
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
      Simple Syrup
    • 1 cup sugar
    • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons mint leaves finely chopped
Put melon balls and chunks in a large glass bowl. Put the lemon juice, simple syrup and mint leaves into a blender and pulse till thoroughly combined. Pour the lemon mint syrup over the fruit and toss to coat. Put the bowl into the refrigerator to chill down for two hours.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.


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