prosciutto and melon served 3 ways

melon and prosciutto

My mom introduced me to this as a young child and it’s a timeless combination that is used far and wide. I use three ingredients for the basic recipe, which makes it fairly simple to assemble. There is no cooking involved so it’s super easy all the way around.

melon and prosciutto

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a little info about the prosciutto and melon pairing

The classic grouping embraces the flavor combination of sweet melon and salty prosciutto. This mouthwatering combo requires no-cooking and literally three ingredients with a little mint garnish if desired.

melon and prosciutto

Prosciutto is an Italian dry cured ham. The Italian Prosciutto di Parma variety is one of my favorites, but there are also domestic prosciuttos. Whether imported or domestic, both varieties can readily be found in most grocery stores.

melon and prosciutto

Cantaloupe is a sweet, juicy and orange-colored fleshy melon. When choosing a melon feel the weight. A heavy melon has a high water content, which makes for a juicy melon.

melon and prosciutto

the basic recipe for prosciutto and melon

  • 1 Cantaloupe Melon
  • 8 thin slices of prosciutto crudo
  • 1 lime
  • Fresh mint (optional)
melon and prosciutto
  • Cut melon in half and deseed (simply scoop seeds out)
  • Cut each melon half in 4 equal wedges, making 8 wedges total
  • Cut rind off of each wedge
  • Cut lime in eight equal wedge pieces
  • Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each melon wedge
  • Squeeze a lime wedge on each melon and prosciutto section
  • Garnish with mint if desired

3 different ways to serve prosciutto and melon

This is how the recipe above is presented. It is how my mother introduced this fabulous combination to me. This was normally served in a brunch setting or sometimes as an appetizer during a sit down dinner. It’s also a fabulous and healthy snack.

melon and prosciutto wedges

The combination provides a hearty yet light faire, which is a perfect appetizer in my book. Some appetizers can be so heavy they fill me up before the main entree. This is a very refreshing and light starter, which just wets your appetite and prepares you for the main dish.

melon and prosciutto wedge

It also lends itself as a make ahead dish, which is super helpful when you are serving a sit down dinner. Timing is always very important in this type of setting so make ahead dishes are low maintenance and stress free.

If I want to serve this as an appetizer in a party setting rather than a sit down celebration, I create bite size skewers instead. It’s an easy adaptation from the wedge configuration above.

melon and prosciutto skewers

Simply take the wedges and cut them further into cube like pieces. Then wrap each melon cube with a piece of prosciutto ham. On the serving platter squeeze some lime on them plus garnish serving dish with more lime wedges for the guests to add more if desired.

melon and prosciutto skewer appetizers

This is a crowd pleaser, and I have brought this to many pot lucks. When it’s a party that involves guests mingling around and holding a beverage in hand, I like to provide bite size options with skewers. It’s manageable, not requiring a plate or utensils.

Another way to serve this refreshing combination is in a salad format. It is very similar in concept to this melon salad I shared here {refreshing 3 melon salad with lime & mint}. This is great for a help yourself buffet style serving and also in a brunch setting.

melon and prosciutto salad

When I use melons in salad type treatments I like to use a melon baller. Although it requires a teensy tiny bit more work, I think the presentation is super pretty. When you slice the melon in half and deseed it, simply use a melon baller to remove all the meat from the melon half.

melon and prosciutto salad

Once you’ve removed all the melon meat, place the melon balls in a bowl. Then chop the prosciutto slices into small slivered pieces. Place the prosciutto in the bowl with the melon. Squeeze the lime all over the melon and the prosciutto and toss to coat all the pieces with lime juice. Garnish with mint leaves if desired. This can also be made ahead if you are using it to entertain.

melon and prosciutto salad

bon appetit and enjoy some prosciutto and melon however you wish

Whether you choose to share this with a crowd or simply eat it as a quick snack the refreshing burst of flavor never disappoints. The salty prosciutto, and sweet melon with the tart lime juice all come together beautifully and balance each other out. Bon appetit and enjoy it your way.

melon and prosciutto 3 ways

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“Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.”

Anthony Bourdain

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  1. Cara says:

    Ahhhh… I have never tried this, but I am betting it is wonderful, you have the salty, sweet I love here. I am betting my husband would love it too since he loved prosciutto. You are always full of so many surprises MaryJo! I bet it is a crowd pleaser at gatherings too.

    1. It’s super refreshing! Sweet & salty but at the same time somewhat healthy in the big scheme of things. You’ll have to tell me what he says if he tries it. XO- MJ

  2. Food nutters says:

    I love to make this sometimes when having guests and it’s realy very refreshing and it tastes delicious.

    1. It’s perfect for entertaining! It’s delicious and easy. Thanks for popping in. XO- MJ

  3. Laurie says:

    What an unusual combination!

    I love melon in season!

    Appreciate you sharing this at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop!


  4. annafromskylarkhouse says:

    I agree! It’s the perfect sweet-salty pairing. It’s also the perfect dish for hot summer nights. Thanks for the inspiration MaryJo!

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