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Melon and Prosciutto Pasta Salad

Melon and Prosciutto Pasta Salad

Prosciutto-wrapped melon is a classic Italian appetizer

Recipe Courtesy of Pasta Fits

When these simple flavors are tossed with pasta and spinach they make a delicious, quick and portable lunch or side dish. Double the recipe for a tasty party appetizer that will feed a crowd.

Ingredients

For the Melon and Prosciutto Pasta Salad

  • 4 Ounces gemelli pasta
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 Teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 Small honeydew melon
  • 1/2 Small cantaloupe
  • 12 Cocktail bocconcini
  • 3 Slices prosciutto, torn
  • 4 Cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 Cup fresh basil leaves, torn

Prosciutto & Melon Pasta Salad

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I know I’ve talked on here repeatedly about how much I love-love-love my Saturday morning trips to our City Market in downtown KC. And how lucky we are here to have such great local farmers with their amazing array of fresh produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, and on…and on…..

But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the treasures that lie on the perimeter of the market. Forming an enormous “L” around the farmers market are a host of local restaurants and stores, mostly specializing in specific ethnic cuisines. One of my favorites is Carollo’s – the most amazing Italian market and deli ever (or so I think!). I know we live in the heart of the Midwest, but for the brief moments I’m wandering around this grocery overflowing with pastas, tons of freshly-made cheeses, olives, olive oils, wines, and every kind of Italian meats you can imagine…I can almost pretend I’m in the heart of Italy. :)

Anyway, Carollo’s also happens to be my favorite place to buy pancetta and prosciutto. (Which, as a sidenote for all of you from KC, it’s actually more fresh and more inexpensive there than at our local grocery stores!) So when I saw this recipe in this month’s Cooking Light, and already had some cantaloupe and arugula at home, it seemed like the perfect excuse to swing by my favorite place to pick up some prosciutto. So I did. :)

And I’m so glad — this salad was a complete delight! Loved the sweet melon, salty/smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula combination. And the lemony white wine vinaigrette and parmesan were the perfect, light touch on top. I actually loved this as a pasta salad, but you could easily leave out the pasta and go low-carb! Either way, definitely a delicious “light” summer salad. Cheers to great meals fresh from the market!


Prosciutto & Melon Pasta Salad

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

I know I’ve talked on here repeatedly about how much I love-love-love my Saturday morning trips to our City Market in downtown KC. And how lucky we are here to have such great local farmers with their amazing array of fresh produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, and on…and on…..

But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the treasures that lie on the perimeter of the market. Forming an enormous “L” around the farmers market are a host of local restaurants and stores, mostly specializing in specific ethnic cuisines. One of my favorites is Carollo’s – the most amazing Italian market and deli ever (or so I think!). I know we live in the heart of the Midwest, but for the brief moments I’m wandering around this grocery overflowing with pastas, tons of freshly-made cheeses, olives, olive oils, wines, and every kind of Italian meats you can imagine…I can almost pretend I’m in the heart of Italy. :)

Anyway, Carollo’s also happens to be my favorite place to buy pancetta and prosciutto. (Which, as a sidenote for all of you from KC, it’s actually more fresh and more inexpensive there than at our local grocery stores!) So when I saw this recipe in this month’s Cooking Light, and already had some cantaloupe and arugula at home, it seemed like the perfect excuse to swing by my favorite place to pick up some prosciutto. So I did. :)

And I’m so glad — this salad was a complete delight! Loved the sweet melon, salty/smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula combination. And the lemony white wine vinaigrette and parmesan were the perfect, light touch on top. I actually loved this as a pasta salad, but you could easily leave out the pasta and go low-carb! Either way, definitely a delicious “light” summer salad. Cheers to great meals fresh from the market!


Prosciutto & Melon Pasta Salad

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

I know I’ve talked on here repeatedly about how much I love-love-love my Saturday morning trips to our City Market in downtown KC. And how lucky we are here to have such great local farmers with their amazing array of fresh produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, and on…and on…..

But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the treasures that lie on the perimeter of the market. Forming an enormous “L” around the farmers market are a host of local restaurants and stores, mostly specializing in specific ethnic cuisines. One of my favorites is Carollo’s – the most amazing Italian market and deli ever (or so I think!). I know we live in the heart of the Midwest, but for the brief moments I’m wandering around this grocery overflowing with pastas, tons of freshly-made cheeses, olives, olive oils, wines, and every kind of Italian meats you can imagine…I can almost pretend I’m in the heart of Italy. :)

Anyway, Carollo’s also happens to be my favorite place to buy pancetta and prosciutto. (Which, as a sidenote for all of you from KC, it’s actually more fresh and more inexpensive there than at our local grocery stores!) So when I saw this recipe in this month’s Cooking Light, and already had some cantaloupe and arugula at home, it seemed like the perfect excuse to swing by my favorite place to pick up some prosciutto. So I did. :)

And I’m so glad — this salad was a complete delight! Loved the sweet melon, salty/smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula combination. And the lemony white wine vinaigrette and parmesan were the perfect, light touch on top. I actually loved this as a pasta salad, but you could easily leave out the pasta and go low-carb! Either way, definitely a delicious “light” summer salad. Cheers to great meals fresh from the market!


Prosciutto & Melon Pasta Salad

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

I know I’ve talked on here repeatedly about how much I love-love-love my Saturday morning trips to our City Market in downtown KC. And how lucky we are here to have such great local farmers with their amazing array of fresh produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, and on…and on…..

But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the treasures that lie on the perimeter of the market. Forming an enormous “L” around the farmers market are a host of local restaurants and stores, mostly specializing in specific ethnic cuisines. One of my favorites is Carollo’s – the most amazing Italian market and deli ever (or so I think!). I know we live in the heart of the Midwest, but for the brief moments I’m wandering around this grocery overflowing with pastas, tons of freshly-made cheeses, olives, olive oils, wines, and every kind of Italian meats you can imagine…I can almost pretend I’m in the heart of Italy. :)

Anyway, Carollo’s also happens to be my favorite place to buy pancetta and prosciutto. (Which, as a sidenote for all of you from KC, it’s actually more fresh and more inexpensive there than at our local grocery stores!) So when I saw this recipe in this month’s Cooking Light, and already had some cantaloupe and arugula at home, it seemed like the perfect excuse to swing by my favorite place to pick up some prosciutto. So I did. :)

And I’m so glad — this salad was a complete delight! Loved the sweet melon, salty/smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula combination. And the lemony white wine vinaigrette and parmesan were the perfect, light touch on top. I actually loved this as a pasta salad, but you could easily leave out the pasta and go low-carb! Either way, definitely a delicious “light” summer salad. Cheers to great meals fresh from the market!


Prosciutto & Melon Pasta Salad

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

I know I’ve talked on here repeatedly about how much I love-love-love my Saturday morning trips to our City Market in downtown KC. And how lucky we are here to have such great local farmers with their amazing array of fresh produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, and on…and on…..

But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the treasures that lie on the perimeter of the market. Forming an enormous “L” around the farmers market are a host of local restaurants and stores, mostly specializing in specific ethnic cuisines. One of my favorites is Carollo’s – the most amazing Italian market and deli ever (or so I think!). I know we live in the heart of the Midwest, but for the brief moments I’m wandering around this grocery overflowing with pastas, tons of freshly-made cheeses, olives, olive oils, wines, and every kind of Italian meats you can imagine…I can almost pretend I’m in the heart of Italy. :)

Anyway, Carollo’s also happens to be my favorite place to buy pancetta and prosciutto. (Which, as a sidenote for all of you from KC, it’s actually more fresh and more inexpensive there than at our local grocery stores!) So when I saw this recipe in this month’s Cooking Light, and already had some cantaloupe and arugula at home, it seemed like the perfect excuse to swing by my favorite place to pick up some prosciutto. So I did. :)

And I’m so glad — this salad was a complete delight! Loved the sweet melon, salty/smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula combination. And the lemony white wine vinaigrette and parmesan were the perfect, light touch on top. I actually loved this as a pasta salad, but you could easily leave out the pasta and go low-carb! Either way, definitely a delicious “light” summer salad. Cheers to great meals fresh from the market!


Prosciutto & Melon Pasta Salad

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

I know I’ve talked on here repeatedly about how much I love-love-love my Saturday morning trips to our City Market in downtown KC. And how lucky we are here to have such great local farmers with their amazing array of fresh produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, and on…and on…..

But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the treasures that lie on the perimeter of the market. Forming an enormous “L” around the farmers market are a host of local restaurants and stores, mostly specializing in specific ethnic cuisines. One of my favorites is Carollo’s – the most amazing Italian market and deli ever (or so I think!). I know we live in the heart of the Midwest, but for the brief moments I’m wandering around this grocery overflowing with pastas, tons of freshly-made cheeses, olives, olive oils, wines, and every kind of Italian meats you can imagine…I can almost pretend I’m in the heart of Italy. :)

Anyway, Carollo’s also happens to be my favorite place to buy pancetta and prosciutto. (Which, as a sidenote for all of you from KC, it’s actually more fresh and more inexpensive there than at our local grocery stores!) So when I saw this recipe in this month’s Cooking Light, and already had some cantaloupe and arugula at home, it seemed like the perfect excuse to swing by my favorite place to pick up some prosciutto. So I did. :)

And I’m so glad — this salad was a complete delight! Loved the sweet melon, salty/smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula combination. And the lemony white wine vinaigrette and parmesan were the perfect, light touch on top. I actually loved this as a pasta salad, but you could easily leave out the pasta and go low-carb! Either way, definitely a delicious “light” summer salad. Cheers to great meals fresh from the market!


Prosciutto & Melon Pasta Salad

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

I know I’ve talked on here repeatedly about how much I love-love-love my Saturday morning trips to our City Market in downtown KC. And how lucky we are here to have such great local farmers with their amazing array of fresh produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, and on…and on…..

But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the treasures that lie on the perimeter of the market. Forming an enormous “L” around the farmers market are a host of local restaurants and stores, mostly specializing in specific ethnic cuisines. One of my favorites is Carollo’s – the most amazing Italian market and deli ever (or so I think!). I know we live in the heart of the Midwest, but for the brief moments I’m wandering around this grocery overflowing with pastas, tons of freshly-made cheeses, olives, olive oils, wines, and every kind of Italian meats you can imagine…I can almost pretend I’m in the heart of Italy. :)

Anyway, Carollo’s also happens to be my favorite place to buy pancetta and prosciutto. (Which, as a sidenote for all of you from KC, it’s actually more fresh and more inexpensive there than at our local grocery stores!) So when I saw this recipe in this month’s Cooking Light, and already had some cantaloupe and arugula at home, it seemed like the perfect excuse to swing by my favorite place to pick up some prosciutto. So I did. :)

And I’m so glad — this salad was a complete delight! Loved the sweet melon, salty/smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula combination. And the lemony white wine vinaigrette and parmesan were the perfect, light touch on top. I actually loved this as a pasta salad, but you could easily leave out the pasta and go low-carb! Either way, definitely a delicious “light” summer salad. Cheers to great meals fresh from the market!


Prosciutto & Melon Pasta Salad

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

I know I’ve talked on here repeatedly about how much I love-love-love my Saturday morning trips to our City Market in downtown KC. And how lucky we are here to have such great local farmers with their amazing array of fresh produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, and on…and on…..

But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the treasures that lie on the perimeter of the market. Forming an enormous “L” around the farmers market are a host of local restaurants and stores, mostly specializing in specific ethnic cuisines. One of my favorites is Carollo’s – the most amazing Italian market and deli ever (or so I think!). I know we live in the heart of the Midwest, but for the brief moments I’m wandering around this grocery overflowing with pastas, tons of freshly-made cheeses, olives, olive oils, wines, and every kind of Italian meats you can imagine…I can almost pretend I’m in the heart of Italy. :)

Anyway, Carollo’s also happens to be my favorite place to buy pancetta and prosciutto. (Which, as a sidenote for all of you from KC, it’s actually more fresh and more inexpensive there than at our local grocery stores!) So when I saw this recipe in this month’s Cooking Light, and already had some cantaloupe and arugula at home, it seemed like the perfect excuse to swing by my favorite place to pick up some prosciutto. So I did. :)

And I’m so glad — this salad was a complete delight! Loved the sweet melon, salty/smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula combination. And the lemony white wine vinaigrette and parmesan were the perfect, light touch on top. I actually loved this as a pasta salad, but you could easily leave out the pasta and go low-carb! Either way, definitely a delicious “light” summer salad. Cheers to great meals fresh from the market!


Prosciutto & Melon Pasta Salad

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

I know I’ve talked on here repeatedly about how much I love-love-love my Saturday morning trips to our City Market in downtown KC. And how lucky we are here to have such great local farmers with their amazing array of fresh produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, and on…and on…..

But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the treasures that lie on the perimeter of the market. Forming an enormous “L” around the farmers market are a host of local restaurants and stores, mostly specializing in specific ethnic cuisines. One of my favorites is Carollo’s – the most amazing Italian market and deli ever (or so I think!). I know we live in the heart of the Midwest, but for the brief moments I’m wandering around this grocery overflowing with pastas, tons of freshly-made cheeses, olives, olive oils, wines, and every kind of Italian meats you can imagine…I can almost pretend I’m in the heart of Italy. :)

Anyway, Carollo’s also happens to be my favorite place to buy pancetta and prosciutto. (Which, as a sidenote for all of you from KC, it’s actually more fresh and more inexpensive there than at our local grocery stores!) So when I saw this recipe in this month’s Cooking Light, and already had some cantaloupe and arugula at home, it seemed like the perfect excuse to swing by my favorite place to pick up some prosciutto. So I did. :)

And I’m so glad — this salad was a complete delight! Loved the sweet melon, salty/smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula combination. And the lemony white wine vinaigrette and parmesan were the perfect, light touch on top. I actually loved this as a pasta salad, but you could easily leave out the pasta and go low-carb! Either way, definitely a delicious “light” summer salad. Cheers to great meals fresh from the market!


Prosciutto & Melon Pasta Salad

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

I know I’ve talked on here repeatedly about how much I love-love-love my Saturday morning trips to our City Market in downtown KC. And how lucky we are here to have such great local farmers with their amazing array of fresh produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, and on…and on…..

But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the treasures that lie on the perimeter of the market. Forming an enormous “L” around the farmers market are a host of local restaurants and stores, mostly specializing in specific ethnic cuisines. One of my favorites is Carollo’s – the most amazing Italian market and deli ever (or so I think!). I know we live in the heart of the Midwest, but for the brief moments I’m wandering around this grocery overflowing with pastas, tons of freshly-made cheeses, olives, olive oils, wines, and every kind of Italian meats you can imagine…I can almost pretend I’m in the heart of Italy. :)

Anyway, Carollo’s also happens to be my favorite place to buy pancetta and prosciutto. (Which, as a sidenote for all of you from KC, it’s actually more fresh and more inexpensive there than at our local grocery stores!) So when I saw this recipe in this month’s Cooking Light, and already had some cantaloupe and arugula at home, it seemed like the perfect excuse to swing by my favorite place to pick up some prosciutto. So I did. :)

And I’m so glad — this salad was a complete delight! Loved the sweet melon, salty/smoky prosciutto and peppery arugula combination. And the lemony white wine vinaigrette and parmesan were the perfect, light touch on top. I actually loved this as a pasta salad, but you could easily leave out the pasta and go low-carb! Either way, definitely a delicious “light” summer salad. Cheers to great meals fresh from the market!


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