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Cantaloupe Prosciutto Antipasti

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Cantaloupe Prosciutto Antipasti — create a beautiful Summer appetizer with an international flair—and with only five ingredients—in just minutes! 

A plate of Cantaloupe and Prosciutto

Cantaloupe Prosciutto Antipasti

Today’s recipe for Cantaloupe Prosciutto Antipasti was inspired not only by my love of melon, but by a delicious meal John and I enjoyed over the weekend at Modesto, a quaint little Italian restaurant in Asheville.

We’ve been working on our plans for a trip with friends in just a few weeks to the Mediterranean, so this meal really helped us get even more excited about what’s in store for us when we do have the opportunity to sample authentic Italian dishes!

Antipasti on a plate, with Cantaloupe and Prosciutto

With just a few weeks left of Summer, I’m savoring as many local fresh fruits and vegetables as I can.

My Dad always grew melons in our garden—watermelon, cantaloupe, and even Crenshaw melons—and there was nothing better than one of those juicy, cold melon slices.

I think my favorite melon has always been cantaloupe, especially when they are in season and are perfectly ripe and sweet! Often, my grandmother and I would split a fresh cantaloupe, scoop out the seeds and fill up each half with vanilla ice cream.

Believe me or not, it’s a great flavor combination!

A plate of Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Antipasti

Assemble this beautiful platter in just minutes!

In addition to making a beautiful presentation, this antipasti marries the sweetness of the cantaloupe, the saltiness of the prosciutto, and the nutty flavor of arugula to compliment each other perfectly.

Once the melon is sliced, building the dish is simple. Lay a bed of baby arugula down the center of a serving platter and top with melon slices and prosciutto.

Sprinkle with fresh raspberries and drizzle balsamic vinegar all around the edges.

A plate of Cantaloupe and Prosciutto drizzled with balsamic vinegar

Or, if you prefer, wrap the cantaloupe slices with pieces of the prosciutto and place on a plate with arugula and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar.

For this dish, a quality, aged balsamic vinegar is a must. Remember, a few drops of the good stuff goes a long way!

A close up of a piece of Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, and raspberry

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Yield: 8 servings

Cantaloupe Prosciutto Antipasti

A plate of Cantaloupe and Prosciutto

Cantaloupe Prosciutto Antipasti — create a beautiful Summer appetizer with an international flair—and with only five ingredients—in just minutes! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 3 oz. prosciutto , (thin slices)
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2-3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries, (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut cantaloupe in half and scoop out the seeds. Peel and slice the melon into 8 wedges (or slice thinner to make 2 wedges per serving). Chill until ready to assemble the antipasti platter.
  2. Place arugula down the center of a serving platter. Top with cantaloupe slices. Layer prosciutto on top of cantaloupe, or instead cut prosciutto in half and wrap around cantaloupe slices. Sprinkle raspberries along the arugula and drizzle all with balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g

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ABOUT SHEILA
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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