Picnic Food - Melon and Prosciutto salad

Melon and prosciutto salad

Melon and prosciutto salad - Credit: Archant

This is perfect picnic food for a hot summer’s day. If you keep the melons chilled until the last minute, they will be deliciously thirst quenching. Knives and forks are not needed; just make sure you have plenty of napkins at the ready.

Serves 6


2 ripe melons, use contrasting colours if possible i.e. Ogen, Charentais or Honeydew

16 slices of prosciutto

A good handful of rocket salad leaves

75g pecorino cheese

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Olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper


Cut the melons in half, remove and discard the seeds and then slice each melon into 8 or 10 pieces. With a sharp knife, carefully remove the skin from each slice.

Arrange the contrasting colours of melon on a serving platter. Carefully peel off the slices of prosciutto from the pack and gently arrange in random ‘curls’ over the melon.

Scatter the melon slices with rocket leaves.

Using a potato peeler, shave the pecorino cheese over the salad.

Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper before serving.

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