Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Prosciutto-Wrapped Cantaloupe Salad

The first time I ever ate prosciutto was in a subway train, speeding downtown to the college where I took bread-baking lessons with my best friend Jenny.

“Most people eat fast food or fruit on subway trains. But we, we are those kind of people who casually whip out a roll of prosciutto layered with parchment paper. It’s totally normal.” I told Jenny as I saw the woman sitting opposite of me staring at the thin, almost translucent strips of salty meat. I stared back, and finally she averted her eyes. It’s amazing how I didn’t feel the least bit embarrassed.

Lest you formulate the idea that polishing the better part of a two-pound roll of prosciutto in a subway train is a regular practice for us, let’s back up the story. That Friday, I left my last period photography class half an hour early to bus to Jenny’s school with my school’s dragonboat team, where we use their pool. Pool practice usually lasts until five something in the afternoon, but I left a little bit earlier to meet Jenny, who was coincidentally still at school rehearsing for her school’s talent show.

We hightailed it to her house, where she dropped off her school bags and frantically looked through her kitchen for baking tools. “Want some prosciutto?” Jenny yelled from the kitchen?

“Um, okay,” I replied. Prosciutto was kind of random, but hey, I was so hungry from practice that I would have eaten anything. Jenny opened the fridge, grabbed a roll of prosciutto from her fridge, and shoved it at me. “Wait, are we eating the whole thing...? Where did you get this?”
“They were going to throw it out at work because they’re closing down for renovations.” Jenny works at a restaurant. “You can bring this one home actually.”  

We polished off most of the prosciutto. (When I say "we", I really meant "I". Food is food and prosciutto is pretty delicious.) The next day, I made myself a Prosciutto Wrapped Cantaloupe Salad with the seven strips of prosciutto that were left.

This is definitely my kind of bacon.  


  1. I would have no shame chowing down on prosciutto on the train. So good!

  2. I'm with you - prosciutto can happen anywhere, anytime ;) The salad looks delicious!

  3. Just serving the prosciutto over the melons is amazing enough! :)

  4. Ha, I'd eat prosciutto any time any place! My mum and I used to be able to buy this amazing apple salami - it wouldn't make it past the car park of the supermarket!

  5. Yum! I love cantaloupe, so I bet it tastes fantastic with prosciutto. Great looking salad!

  6. What a treat! That's exactly the type of food I want to eat when I'm on a train. It's good to be that kind of person, I think.

  7. I've never been able to get on board with the whole melon and prosciutto thing - everyone I know seems to absolutely love it, but I find the textures too different for each other. I love the colours of the salad though - it looks delicious, even though I know I'd end up sliding the ham over to my wife's plate :D

    Charles @ FiveEuroFood.com

  8. Nice! I love that you stared back, refusing to feel any embarrassment. You should've offered the person some. ;) Just kidding... why would you share when you can eat it all yourself?!

  9. Hi Kyleen! I've been trying to get a hold of you and I was just wondering if you got my email? It's in regards to posting a cookie recipe on my blog with the other two girls part of the cookie swap. I would love to hear from you in the next couple of days to make sure about details etc.


    - Heather (www.teawithmeblog.com)

    1. Hi Heather!

      I'm so sorry I missed your email! (I recently changed my hotmail to gmail.) And I've kind of been on hiatus with blogging and responding to comments--I didn't see this until now. I'd love to see the how the post turned out!

  10. That story about you and your friend eating prosciutto on the subway is just awesome. I wish I had foodie friends, but sadly for the foodie in me, most of my friends still eat like 6 year olds. :P

  11. I love proscuitto! I can't remember the first time I had it, but it never lasts long when I do buy it. Your salad sounds amazing.

  12. I totally get you. Prosciutto is mindblowingly good. The first time I had it was Mother's Day of last year. I was helping my mom prepare for our family brunch by rolling chunks of 'loupe in prosciutto, like you did. I was skeptical because I wasn't a huge pork fan. Prosciutto changed me! I swear. Haha it sounds so outlandish but it really did. I crave the salty, savory slices of the ever so slightly meat with the sweet and juicy cantaloupe pieces. *drool*

  13. Prosciutto and especially the one of good quality is exquisite! It pairs perfectly with fruits such as melon. Perfect summer salad!


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