Make the Creamy Basil Dressing
Place the basil and garlic in the food processor or blender and process until finely minced.
Add the remaining ingredients and process for 30 seconds. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the lid and sides of the bowl and process for another 30 seconds.
Taste . . . maybe more salt? More sweet? You decide. Add a little at a time, stir and taste. If it’s too thick stir in another teaspoon or two of water.
Make the Salad
Cut out the stems from the chard. Cut the leaves in half lengthwise. Stack them up and cut into 1/2 ribbons.
Place in a large salad bowl and toss with about 1/4 cup of the basil dressing. Set aside for 15 minutes to “marinate.” Chard leaves can be a little tough, so this will tenderize them up a bit.
Top with cantaloupe and drizzle some more dressing on the melon. Top with the cranberries and pistachios.