Sweet Melon with Prosciutto di Parma

Juicy cantaloupe melon slices with a layer of prosciutto di parma on top is truly sweet and delicious.  A refreshing appetizer you can make in minutes and serve at anytime.
It's so pretty and festive, we love to serve melon with prosciutto as an appetizer on Easter Sunday.

When you combine the sweetness of cantaloupe melon with some saltiness of an Italian cured meat, such as prosciutto, it gives this dish its sensational flavors, as well as its beautiful elegance of pale-orange, pink-purple Spring-like colors.

Cantaloupe is always refreshing no matter how you serve it.  It's low calorie and loaded with vitamins and minerals, and it is a healthy way to start any meal.  We love this dish at gatherings, because the ease of preparation makes it perfect for entertaining!  Just serve it chilled and let everyone help themselves.

Sweet Melon with Prosciutto di Parma
  • 2  fresh Cantaloupes - ripe
  • 1/4 pound Prosciutto di Parma

Cut cantaloupes into halves. Scoop out and discard seeds.
Then cut into slices,  gently remove skins from each slice. 
Transfer melon slices to a large serving platter.

Lay one or two slices of prosciutto on top of each slice.
Serve immediately, or set platter aside in a cool place, up to 20 minutes before serving.
Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate up to 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

Serves 12 to 16

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  1. I would have never thought of this combination! I just made a melon dessert with raspberry sauce to post soon. So happy summer fruits and vegetables are almost here. These are beautiful!

  2. I love this. Absolutely to die for!

  3. I found your blog from Tricia's post this morning. This is fascinating to me! I never would have thought to combine these two things. I need to try it, just to taste it. Thanks for the idea! Have a blessed day.

    1. Thanks Mary! I hope you enjoy our recipes!

  4. I would have NEVER thought to do something like this.

  5. This is a favorite! I can't wait until the really good farmers' market melons are available in the summer to make this.

  6. This is a classic easy appetizer that is fabulous. Thanks for the reminder and sharing it with us.


  7. Some times the easiest recipe are the best. I really need to try this.

  8. The sweet and salty here sounds awesome! I could see this being quite teh addictive appetizer!

  9. Grew up on this. Sunday lunches and Italian wedding musts. Thanks for reminding me of this refreshing and Italian staple.

  10. Hi Gemmagirl! So glad you grew up on this too! It's the best combo ever!
    Thanks for leaving a sweet comment! Ciao :)

  11. Now that's one way to beat the heat. Right now, I am relying mainly on cool drinks. I just juice fresh fruit- never thought of having melon with any type of meat- expect perhaps fish. That would have been with the fish grilled too. This is an interesting summer snack idea.


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