Caprese Melon Salad with Prosciutto and Mozzarella

by Kaitlynn Fenley

The perfect summer melon salad for any barbecue, summer potluck, or pool party. Pair this melon prosciutto salad with grilled fish or chicken on the side, or enjoy it as a main dish.

The Best Melon Salad

When I was young, I never liked melons. I was unhappy if I was shopping with my mom in the summer and she chose watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew as the fruit. Let’s just say that I didn’t have a refined palate as a child.

Well, now I love melons. I never simply slice and eat them because I’ve learned that I love melons when they are incorporated into flavorful recipes. Melons go from watery and somewhat bland to flavorful and delicious with the right ingredients.

Now, one of my favorite summer snacks is honeydew melon drizzled with raw local honey, a pinch of salt, and pineapple vinegar. You should try it if you have some honeydew melon left after making this salad. Salt, sweetness, and acidity all bring out the lovely flavors of the melon.

Salad with Summer Melons

Melons are one of the healthiest summer foods you can eat. They contain water, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes (potassium and magnesium). Just one cup of honeydew melon has 53% of the RDI of vitamin C.

I recommend cantaloupe and honeydew for this recipe, but you can use any melon you’d like.

The melons I recommend for this recipe:

  • honeydew
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • charentais
  • muskmelon

Caprese Melon Salad with Prosciutto and Mozzarella

The light and fresh flavors in the salad pair perfectly with grilled seafood like scallops, shrimp, or white fish. So if you need a more substantial meal, serve this salad on the side of some grilled seafood or even some chicken.

My secret to making this summer melon salad delicious is homemade pineapple vinegar, but any vinegar will work in this recipe. A great substitute would be red wine vinegar.

Here are all the ingredients you need to make the salad:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew melon
  • Ciliegine mozzarella
  • Fresh basil
  • Prosciutto
  • Sliced cherry tomatoes
  • Dressing
  • Vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Sea salt
melon salad with prosciutto and mozzarella on a white plate. The salad is sprinkled with fresh cracked black pepper and freshly mixed oil and vinegar dressing.

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The perfect summer melon salad for any barbecue, summer potluck, or pool party. Pair this melon prosciutto salad with grilled fish or chicken on the side, or enjoy it as a main dish.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mixing

Ingredients

Melon Salad

  • 1 small cantaloupe
  • 1 small honeydew melon
  • 1 cup ciliegine mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, rinsed and chopped
  • 3 ounces prosciutto, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Dressing

  • Pineapple vinegar (or any vinegar)
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  1. Cut the melons and scoop the fleshy fruit into little balls using a melon baller.
  2. Add the melon balls to a large salad bowl with all the other salad ingredients and toss to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  5. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

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Kaitlynn Fenley Author, Educator, Food Microbiologist
Kaitlynn is a food microbiologist and fermentation expert teaching people how to ferment foods and drinks at home.

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