How to Make a Prosciutto and Melon Appetizer

Updated: May 26, 2023

Salty and sweet recipes are always a delight to the tastebuds, but there's something exceptional about the simplicity of prosciutto and melon.

When lounging in your backyard on a hot summer day or gearing up to grill all evening, you’ve probably craved a sweet and salty treat. Maybe that’s in the shape of pecan caramel candies or chocolate and peanut butter pretzel truffles, or maybe, it’s something more fruity like chocolate sea salt-dipped orange slices.

Candied snacks are all well and good, but if you’ve ever found yourself wanting something more, then prosciutto and melon are about to be your new fave duo.

Prosciutto and Melon Recipe

This recipe from our Test Kitchen makes 12 slices.


Prosciutto And Melon appetizer ingredients on peach surfaceTMB Studio

  • 1/2 medium cantaloupe
  • 12 thin slices prosciutto
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional


Step 1: Cut the melon

Cut a cantaloupe in half. Remove and discard the rind and seeds. Cut the half a melon into six slices, and then cut those slices lengthwise in half.

Step 2: Assemble the melon slices

Wrap each piece of melon with a slice of prosciutto, and place the slices on a serving board or plate. Drizzle with honey and garnish with fresh basil if you’d like.

Tips for Making Prosciutto and Melon

Prosciutto and Melon AppetizerTMB Studio

What pairs well with this appetizer?

Because prosciutto and melon are so light, it only makes sense to pair them with an equally light cheese. Place a ball of burrata cheese in the center of your melon slices and cut into the ball with a knife. Leave the knife on the serving plate to help smear your prosciutto and melon with the buttery cheese.

If burrata is too messy for you, try slices of mozzarella or any other substitute for burrata.

Can I add anything to the honey?

If the honey just isn’t cutting it, amp up the flavor by sprinkling some balsamic glaze over the top of the slices.

How can I take this sweet treat to the next level?

When you’re not just making this snack for yourself, you might want to create a little more of an aesthetic serving display. Create your own burrata board, using stone fruits, honeydew and (of course) cantaloupe. Layer ribbons of honey-drizzled prosciutto between the fruits and garnish it all with fresh basil. This appetizer couldn’t be prettier!