Thursday, 11 July 2013

Proscuitto and melon salad

This was one of those random, chuck-the-bits-together sort of dishes that ended up tasting much better than I thought it was going to. Not the most photogenic though, it has to be said.

I'd bought a beautiful, ripe melon and some proscuitto with the notion of making an old-school starter for our dinner one night. But then we ended up going straight to the main course. So I decided to turn it into a salad for lunch the following day. I crushed a clove of garlic and whisked it up with a little olive oil and a splash of balsamic. Then I crumbled in some feta, torn proscuitto and shredded mint leaves before adding the melon.

Recently I was rummaging in the drawer for a cherry-pitter - which it turns out I do not have - and was reminded that I own two melon-ballers. It was fate! I had to go a bit kitsch on the presentation. But if it wasn't just for us, I'd cut the melon into cubes like a normal person.

9 comments:

Joanna @ Zeb Bakes said...

That is my sort of salad, I love it! - I am drooling - going to investigate the melons in the greengrocers next time I go, great idea!

The Cat's Mother said...

for photographic purposes I think a chunk of feta on the side is probably better!

Chris Scheuer said...

What a wonderful, creative idea, it sounds like a summer delight and I'm sure every bite is a burst of fresh flavor!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Looks like my kind of salad!

Elly McCausland said...

A bit jealous - I want a melon baller! Sounds like a great salad!

Joanne said...

such a great sweet and savory combo!

Foodycat said...

Joanna - there are some really beautiful melons at the moment.

Mother - absolutely right.

Chris - it really was!

Chocolate shavings - thank you!

Elly - The melon ballers are fun! I don't use them enough.

Joanne - thank you!

grace said...

melon ballers are fun--i'm glad you used it. great combo of flavors--quite classy!

Simona said...

I admit I like making melon balls (though interestingly enough, I bough my melon baller to make chocolate truffles). The salad looks nice. I hope it was appreciated.

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