Melon and Proscuitto Salad

4 days you guys! 4 freaking days. Where did the time go?

Luckily, I did a ton of work on the wedding last weekend so I’m able to kinda take it easy for the next few days and spend time with my family and relax. Like making 100 billion pounds of granola. Okay, that’s a bit of an exageration, but you get the idea.

So now I get to lay low and eat this bright and colorful Melon and Proscuitto Salad.

I can’t remember where I first saw Melon and Proscuitto Salads on a menu but I think I was totally weirded out. I mean who puts meat with melon? So weird right? Wong. It’s phenomenal. The saltiness from the proscuitto go perfectly with the sweet notes from the melon. It’s actually quite addictive and super refreshing. And if you buy really good melons, this salad is going to rock your world.

How do you buy really good melons you ask? Well, here’s what I’ve found…

Cantaloupe – Smell the cantaloupe at the part where the fruit was cut from the stem. It should smell like cantaloupe. If it doesn’t smell faintly sweet, move on to the next one!

Honeydew – First, make sure the honeydew is green!! We don’t want any grey-ish melons! You know that it’s ready to eat when you can hear the seeds rattling around when you shake it near your ear. And don’t be afraid to give it a gentle shake when there are other shoppers around you watching, they can judge all they want, but at least you’re going to go home with a great piece of fruit!

And then go buy some really delicious freshly cut proscuitto and throw it all together and call it lunch.

I threw some fresh mint in my salads just to add a bit of contract and color too!

Melon and Proscuitto Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed honeydew melon
  • 3 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • 2 tablespoons thinly torn fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3-4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, sliced into thin strips
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the honeydew, cantaloupe, mint and lemon juice in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  2. Arrange the fruit on a platter and drape the proscuitto over the melons.
  3. Top with a few twists of some freshly cracked black pepper and serve.
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Happy salad making guys! And be sure to check out some other great melon recipes for this weeks Summer Fest:

Jeanette’s Healthy LivingWatermelon-Mint Freeze
Cooking With EliseQuinoa Crunch With Melons, Blueberries and Yogurt
Haute Apple PieWatermelon and Feta Salad
Cooking ChannelFive Things to Make With Watermelon
Healthy EatsMelon Refreshers
Ingredients, Inc.Melon-Arugula Salad
Daily*DishinHoneydew Melon Salad With Genoa Salami and Mozzarella Fresca
Made by MichelleCantaloupe Popsicles 
Chez UsCantaloupe Lime Agua Fresca 
Napa Farmhouse 1885Mixed Melon Smoothie
Virtually HomemadeMelon-Mint Popsicles
Thursday Night DinnerCantaloupe With Figs, Basil and Kalamata Olives
Zaika ZabardastCantaloupe Soup With Cardamom Infused Cherry Syrup
Sweet Life BakePaletas de Melon
HGTV GardensGarden-to-Table: Melons
FN DishThere’s More to Melon

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15 thoughts on “Melon and Proscuitto Salad

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  3. First off, congrats!!!! So exciting, and so excited for you. Secondly, I am thrilled that you took the traditional melon proscuitto recipe to new heights. I will definitely be adding this to our salad list!

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  6. Drooling. my roommate introduced me to prosciutto with melon in college, and i have been forever hooked. it’s amazing stuff! I’ve never seen it in a salad before though! New and easy way to eat it, and in BULK too!
    BTW i am so excited for your wedding! Wishing you and the future husband all the happiness in the world. :)

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  8. Simple and delicious. I had all the ingredients on hand so I made this for a light lunch. Then I ended up having it for dinner and the next day for a light dessert. Did I say this was delicious? My go to for quick and refreshing. Thank you for sharing other melon posts. Love this time of year. Thank you for sharing.

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