A refreshing cantaloupe and prosciutto recipe, Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon is served as an appetizer or salad, drizzled with balsamic glaze!

Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon Slices

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Friends, what is summer without cantaloupe, right? One of the greatest, yet entirely simple, appetizers (or salads) for summertime get-togethers has to be the Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon slices. You may have recently made my Prosciutto-Wrapped Mini Peppers – so good!

plate of cantaloupe slices

Start with your favorite melon! For this recipe we used cantaloupe (with fresh Oregon berries).

Ingredients for Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon

All you need for this recipe are these ingredients:

  • Juicy  cantaloupe (or your favorite melon)
  • Prosciutto slices
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Golden balsamic glaze (we use Delallo brand)

circular presentation of Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon Recipe

Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon

  1. Peel and seed the cantaloupe.
  2. Slice the fruit into long strips.
  3. Wrap each slice with a piece of prosciutto.

So simple, so beautiful, so decadent.

plate of Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon slices with berries in the center

Cantaloupe or Watermelon Wrapped with Prosciutto

Really you need a premier prosciutto, a ripe, juicy cantaloupe, and then the secret? Delallo’s Balsamic Glaze. But wait … they now sell a Golden Balsamic Glaze too!

We decided to kick it up a notch by drizzling the melon with a balsamic glaze!

close up of one Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon Slices

You can barely see it, but this is like night and day if you want the flavor to pop.

I don’t know why, but ever since I was a kid, I always preferred cantaloupe to watermelon or honeydew. I believe it was because, back then, seedless watermelons weren’t around. I hated those black seeds.

melon slices with prosciutto

Before you start

Set out your ingredients and find a platter that will make a pretty presentation.

When buying the prosciutto, make sure it’s sliced very thin (paper-thin), since its taste will then be at its best.

  1. Peel the melon, cut in half lengthwise, remove seeds, and slice it.
  2. Arrange the prosciutto and the melon slices on the platter or directly on the individual plates.

We love to tuck a fresh basil leaf in every other melon slice, because it adds to much flavor. Not everyone loves basil, so this is nice option to add to every other piece.

close up of melon slice with prosciutto

Yes, this appetizer (or salad) has been around for years. But … adding the basil leaf is a fresh and tasty idea!

beautiful plate of Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon slices with fresh basil

Camping in Oregon

I love summer. And even though this one’s been nothing like I’d expected, we’ve gotten in the outdoors much more. Since we’re not entertaining as much, we’ve really prioritized camping and kayaking and hiking.

These memories I will never forget, like camping with our friends on the Spring River (where it meets the Williamson River), in southern Oregon. This beautiful place is at Collier Park near Klamath Falls.

spring river oregon

The night was very chilly (we definitely had a cold front come through), but we are still holding on to summer for another month or so.

Another way to make Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon

Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon chunks are another way to serve this appetizer. You can even add a grape and skewer it. But don’t forget the glaze!

This time we served it with fresh blackberries.

Because we are holding on to summer berries, too!


More prosciutto recipes:

Prosciutto Wrapped Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini

Watermelon Blue Cheese Prosciutto Bites

Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon Slices
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 6
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  • 1 ripe, juicy cantaloupe
  • 3 ounces prosciutto
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Golden balsamic glaze, we use Delallo brand


  • Cut each slice of prosciutto in half lengthwise. Wrap a piece of prosciutto tightly around each chunk of melon.
  • Place a fresh basil leaf in every other melon piece.
  • Arrange on a platter. Sprinkle wth fresh blackberries.
  • Drizzle with golden balsamic glaze.
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer, Salad
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beautiful plate of Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon Recipe