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Prosciutto and Melon

Prosciutto and Melon A little sweet, a little salty, a lot of flavor, these Prosciutto and Melon Skewers are a delectable twist on a classic party appetizer that will take your soiree to the next level! Layers of sweet cantaloupe and rich prosciutto are drizzled with a tangy balsamic glaze. Elegant and appetizing, these skewers are the perfect touch to a fancy cheese board, or as a standalone hors d’oeuvre!

Keep the party going and serve Prosciutto and Melon Skewers with fellow flavor packed appetizers like our creamy Baked Goat Cheese or our Greek Flatbread. For something sparkling on the side, try our not just for Christmas, Christmas Mocktails or a round of Easy Virgin Mojitos!

Balsamic glaze drizzled over prosciutto and melon on a white plate.

Prosciutto and Melon

Easy to assemble and impressive on a party platter, this Prosciutto and Melon appetizer is a mix of sweet and salty flavors and textures that will have your guests coming back time and time again. Perfect for entertaining, bridal showers, holiday parties, or any occasion that calls for a touch of class.

Prosciutto and Melon can be made the morning of an event (save the balsamic drizzle for just before serving) and pair wonderfully with cheese boards, breads, and dips. Serve chilled and you are set!

This appetizer is one for all seasons. Serve it alongside a summer BBQ, a spring baby shower, a festive fall soiree, or of course steal the show at any holiday party. With flavors like these, you’ll be the talk of the neighborhood potluck all year round!

How To Make Prosciutto and Melon Skewers

  1. Prep your cantaloupe by using a melon baller (or a small cookie scoop) to shape the melon pieces into 1-inch balls.
  2. To assemble the skewer, start by threading a cantaloupe ball onto a long toothpick. Loosely fold up the prosciutto and thread that into the toothpick on top of the melon.
  3. Follow the prosciutto up with a folded basil leaf and 2-3 mozzarella pearls. Add another melon ball to finish off the skewer.
  4. Repeat the process until all remaining ingredients have been used.
  5. Layer the melon skewers onto a large plate or tray. Now drizzle the skewers with balsamic glaze followed by a light sprinkling of salt and cracked pepper.
  6. Serve chilled and enjoy!
Collage showing how to make prosciutto and melon skewers.

Tips and Variations

  • If cantaloupe isn’t your favorite, try swapping it for another juicy fruit like pears or figs.
  • Make sure to use the sweeter and thicker balsamic glaze as opposed to balsamic vinegar which is much thinner and acidic. 
  • Three or four inch toothpicks are the perfect size to make these skewers.
  • You can use marinated mozzarella balls (otherwise known as Bocconcini) to add even more flavor to your appetizer. 
Melon balls, mozzarella, prosciutto, and basil being drizzled with balsamic.

Storage and Reheating 

Storage: We don’t recommend storing prosciutto and melon for more than a day. The moisture from the mozzarella and cantaloupe will make the basil leaves and prosciutto soggy. It’s best to enjoy this appetizer the day it is created. However, you can store each ingredient separately. You can also prep your melon ahead of time, up to 4 days in advance.

Reheating: No heating or reheating in this fresh recipe!

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Balsamic drizzled prosciutto and melon on a plate.

Prosciutto and Melon

Yield: About 20-25 Skewers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A little sweet, a little salty, a lot of flavor, these Melon and Prosciutto Skewers are a delectable twist on a classic party appetizer that will take your soiree to the next level! Layers of sweet cantaloupe and rich prosciutto are drizzled with a tangy balsamic glaze.

Ingredients

  • 3 pound cantaloupe, scooped into 1-inch melon balls
  • 4 ounce package prosciutto, each piece cut in half lengthwise
  • 20-25 basil leaves
  • 8 ounce package mozzarella pearls
  • 2 ounces balsamic glaze
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • Long toothpicks for assembly

Instructions

  1. Thread a cantaloupe ball onto a long toothpick. Loosely fold up a piece of prosciutto, and thread it into the toothpick on top of the melon.
  2. Follow it up with a folded basil leaf and 2-3 mozzarella pears. Add another melon ball to finish off the skewer.
  3. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Layer the melon skewers onto a large plate. Drizzle with balsamic glaze followed by a light sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  5. Serve immediately! See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 prosciutto and melon skewers. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Prep time does not include the time it takes to clean the cantaloupe and scoop it into balls. It's only the time it takes to prepare the skewers.

*Photos courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 skewers
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 401mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 8g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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