Melon and Prosciutto Salad {Summer Link Party}

This salad is proof that the best “recipes” are ones using few and simple ingredients that are at their peak. I was never a big melon fan. Or I thought I wasn’t. The truth was that I had never had a really good melon before. 
One of my favorite meals I have ever had was in  Bologna, Italy. It wasn’t in one of the fancy restaurants we dined in, it was just a few things thrown together for a picnic. While my hubby (actually we were not married yet) was in conferences, I spent three days wandering the town with my guide book, determined to hit all the best shops, gelatrie and cafes in town. After a solo glass of Prosecco in Piazza Maggiore, I stopped into Tamburini, the best trattoria/deli in Bologna. I picked up some paper thin prosciutto,  pasta salad and some just-baked crusty bread. On my way back to our hotel I stopped at a fruit stand a bought a cantaloupe that had been picked that day. It was heavy, warm from sun, and more fragrant than any melon I had ever held. Back at the hotel for lunch, we cut the melon into wedges and couldn’t believe how sweet and wonderful it was with the salty prosciutto.
via Tamburini, Bologna via

I used a melon baller this time, but don’t think I would in the future. A rustic chop is more my style. To make a vegetarian version, substitute fresh mini mozzarella balls. Either way, this is the perfect summer salad. Choose the heaviest and most fragrant cantaloupe you can find. I like Tuscan cantaloupes.

Melon and Prosciutto Salad

1 cantaloupe, balled or cubed, rind reserved
1 handful fresh basil, torn or sliced
1 oz prosciutto, sliced
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Toss all ingredients together and place in serving dish or in one of the reserved cantaloupe rinds.

Yummy Mummy
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18 comments on “Melon and Prosciutto Salad {Summer Link Party}”

  1. That looks delish!

  2. What a beautiful presentation (great pics, too!) Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

    Thank you for hosting us. xo ~m.

  3. Wow this sounds delish Marina! I love all your stories about Italy. It makes me wish I were there right now!

  4. Very refreshing! Okay now is it just me or don't you think the melons (cantaloupe in particular) tastes different in Europe? And by different, I mean better…sweeter?! I swear I thought the melons in Italy and France were soooo much tastier!

  5. The salad looks so refreshing, I like how you utilized the bowl too “wink”! How much is melon there in the U.S. Now?

  6. WOW, this looks fantastic! What a great summer treat!

  7. I just love your presentation here, and I have never tried this combination but it is very intriguing.

  8. i so love your turq backdrop, makes it even extra mouthwatering 🙂

  9. What a wonderfully visual post you have today. I love your food! I linked up a wonderful mango salsa. Cover over and check it out.

  10. I love all parts of this salad, but it's true that the quality of the melon is so important. No one in my family but me likes melon…I can't figure out why melons inspires such dislike. They seem like perfectly sweet and innocent foods to me. I will try this for sure and hopefully make some melon converts.

  11. Wow!! That melon prosciutto salad looks so delicious and your pictures are gorgeous! I just added a recipe to your Yummy Fridays, love it!! 🙂

  12. YUM! It's my absolute favorite way to eat proscuitto!!! Now I'm craving it!!

  13. As someone who was never a huge fan of melon, this recipe has changed my mind! Can't wait to try it. Love simple recipes that easy and delicious.

  14. Great pictures. I love foods that bring people back to their favorite travels!

  15. How yum! I love cantaloupe (hate honeydew) but would never have thought of it with prosciutto. Hope everyone is feeling better!

  16. I haven't been to Emilia-Romagna, although I hear the food is better there than any other region in Italy. (Well, I take that back… I've traveled through by train.)

    In regards to your post, I agree with the simplicity bit. My best meals have seriously consisted of five ingredients or less. Anyhow, this looks delicious, and if we were closer, we would eat this salad AND drink prosecco together!

    Thanks for hosting this link-up, and I can't wait for next week! I have an awesome post planned…

    Gillian from Baby Talk without the Babble

  17. Looks delicious! Such an interesting flavor combo!

  18. I LOVE this idea! Its like wrapping melon in proscuitto but Wayyyy easier to eat! and your presentation is fabulous!

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