Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Arugula Salad

Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Arugula Salad is fresh, sweet and simple. This salad is a cross between the appetizer we all love (prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe) and the beloved caprese salad. All of that is atop lightly dressed arugula for a fresh and delicious salad!

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Cantaloupe is tasting so delicious right now. I can’t say I’ve always beeb a cantaloupe fan, but I think I am now. Especially after this melon salad, it’s all I can think about and now this cantaloupe and prosciutto arugula salad… it’s safe to say I am indeed in love.

This is the kind of salad you serve on your dinner or patio table, with candles lit, sun is setting and there’s a chilled bottle of white wine, garlic bread and your with close friends and family. At least in my head it is. I ate this sitting with my legs crossed on my front porch. But hey we all dream. Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Arugula Salad is perfect as a light lunch or as a starter to your meal. It’s delicious as a side to grilled salmon, chicken or shrimp and scallops. And WINE.

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Your summer dinner needs this salad.

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What I think you’ll love most about this salad more is that it’s simple to throw together. I bought a package of baby arugula –pre-washed is a lifesaver!– and whipped together a quick champagne vinaigrette. I sliced up leftover cantaloupe, it was a little less than 1/4 of a cantaloupe. You’ll also need 8 ounces of “cherry size” fresh mozzarella balls (drained), 2 ounces prosciutto, fresh basil, balsamic glaze (homemade or store bought), salt and pepper.

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Whisk a tablespoon of champagne vinegar, with a pinch of salt and pepper while pouring in a tablespoon of olive oil. Drizzle enough of the dressing to coat the arugula lightly.

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All that’s left to do is arrange the lightly dressed arugula onto a platter and top with cantaloupe, torn pieces of prosciutto and the balls of mozzarella. Garnish with a fresh basil leaves, freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

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It’s subtly sweet, salty and peppery and bursting with so many fresh flavors!

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Enjoy! And if you give this Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Arugula Salad recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Cantaloupe and Prociutto Arugula Salad

Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Arugula Salad.This salad is a cross between the appetizer we all love (prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe) and the beloved caprese salad.

Yield: 4 to 6 (depending)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon champagne vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper

5 ounces baby arugula

fresh cantaloupe slices (about 1/4 of a cantaloupe)

8 ounces bite-size fresh mozzarella (drained)

2 to 3 ounces prosciutto, torn

1/3 cup loosely packed basil leaves

balsamic glaze

freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Whisk the vinegar, salt and pepper while slowly pouring in the olive oil. Spoon a little (or all) of the dressing over the arugula and toss to coat.

Arrange the dressed arugula onto a platter and top with sliced cantaloupe, mozzarella balls and tear the prosciutto into bite-size pieces and scatter it overtop as well. Scatter with the fresh basil leaves, drizzle with balsamic glaze and season with freshly ground black pepper.

**for the balsamic glaze you can follow this recipe, just omit the honey [or don't! 😉 ] http://www.simplyscratch.com/2011/11/prosciutto-wrapped-gorgonzola-stuffed-dates-in-a-honey-balsamic-drizzle.html

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11 Responses to “Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Arugula Salad”

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    E — June 19, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    This is probably so delicious! I will try this later this week for sure!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 20th, 2017 @ 10:26 pm

      I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Enjoy!

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    E — June 19, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Quick question, if you had to, what would you substitute arugula with? Trying to keep the iron/ C vitamin content low for my SO (he has a slight iron surplus and we’re working our way towards eliminating/ minimizing this in his diet).

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    Ryan | The Blessed Mess — June 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

    This looks so yummy and refreshing for a hot summer day! I’ve recently fallen back in love with arugula so this will definitely hit the spot.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 20th, 2017 @ 10:25 pm

      Thanks, Ryan! Let me know if you give this salad a go! Enjoy! 🙂

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    E — June 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Thank you for the link, Laurie! I’ll be sure to check it out because I am dying to try this salad!

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    opal — June 23, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Be a nice lunch.

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    Lori — June 23, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I made this today! It was delicious! It tasted like summer. I will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe. We ate poolside with wine…highly recommend.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 3rd, 2017 @ 8:35 pm

      Love, Love, Love! <3

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