The Basil is Ready! Prosciutto & Melon Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Fresh Basil

Our basil plant has finally grown large enough that I feel comfortable stealing several leaves off of it without killing it.  FINALLY!  We actually are growing two types this year: Sweet Basil (the most common variety) and Purple Thai Basil (because we love Thai food).  To celebrate our crop, Branden and I prepared this awesome afternoon snack a few hours before our grilled pizza party with our friends from Pittsburgh that were visiting.  (On a side note, I have some awesome grilled pizza recipes we’ve created, but unfortunately, I got caught up in the excitement of gooey cheese and forgot to photograph them!  Another time, I promise!)

Anyways, I had some leftover prosciutto from dinner earlier in the week and decided we needed a cantaloupe to pair it with.  This is an awesome “salad” or snack during the summer, especially if you can get you hands on a good melon and some quality balsamic.  If you can’t find (or don’t have) quality balsamic, try reducing it a bit in a sauce pan with a bit of sugar until it becomes more like a syrup.  Enjoy!

  • 1 small cantaloupe, seeds removed and cut into chunks
  • 2 oz. prosciutto, julienned
  • 1/4 cup fresh sweet basil, julienned
  • Balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction
  • Fresh salt and pepper to taste

Place melon on serving platter and top with prosciutto and basil.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle to salt and pepper.

Categories: Appetizers, Recipes, Salads, Snacks | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “The Basil is Ready! Prosciutto & Melon Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Fresh Basil

  1. That looks wonderful! And the grilled pizza sounds great too. I need to try that again. My wife tried years ago, when we had a smaller grill and it was harder to keep it off the heat. It was a big fail.

  2. We only have a tiny Weber Q100 (the “baby”) and have had mostly good luck. We’ve learned the hard way that the key is very low and very slow (and obviously pre-cook your toppings)! I’ll definitely be posting about this soon…I found a couple pictures of one of our pizzas from a while back that I can share :)

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  4. This looks reallu yummy!

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