Classic Prosciutto and Melon

Few culinary combinations are as iconic and beloved as the pairing of prosciutto and melon. The contrasting flavors and textures of the salty, thinly sliced prosciutto and the juicy, sweet melon create a harmonious dance on the palate. Whether served as an appetizer, light snack, or elegant starter, this dish is a testament to the beauty of simple ingredients working together in perfect synergy. Let’s dive into the recipe and create this timeless delicacy.

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 6 thin slices of prosciutto
  • 1 ripe cantaloupe or honeydew melon, chilled
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish


  1. Prepare the Melon:
    • Choose a ripe cantaloupe or honeydew melon. The melon should have a sweet aroma and yield slightly when pressed at the stem end.
    • Cut the melon in half and remove the seeds and rind. Cut the melon into wedges or thin slices, depending on your preference. Chill the melon slices in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Assemble the Prosciutto and Melon:
    • Lay out the thin slices of prosciutto on a clean surface.
    • Take a slice of melon and wrap it with a slice of prosciutto, allowing the two ingredients to slightly overlap.
    • Repeat this process for all the melon slices and prosciutto.
  3. Arrange and Garnish:
    • Carefully arrange the prosciutto-wrapped melon slices on a serving platter or individual plates.
    • Lightly crack black pepper over the prosciutto and melon to add a touch of spice.
  4. Add a Fresh Touch:
    • Garnish the dish with fresh mint leaves. The aromatic mint enhances the overall flavor profile and adds a visually appealing element.
  5. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Serve the prosciutto and melon immediately, while the prosciutto is at its finest. The contrast between the salty prosciutto and the juicy sweetness of the melon is a match made in culinary heaven.
    • Feel free to experiment with presentation; you can arrange the prosciutto-wrapped melon slices in a fan shape, stack them, or simply scatter them across the plate.