Melons are summertime institution; salt, spice push them to a new level - Article Photos 2/4

Melons are a staple of summer, but you can add a bit of heat with some spice to compliment the cool melon. At top is cured watermelon crudo with thyme, Vietnamese shrimp with green melon is bottom and at right is green melon with cubanelle peppers and ricotta. MARK DuFRENE - MCT