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Cantaloupe Salad With Arugula and Crispy Prosciutto

Cantaloupe Salad With Arugula and Crispy Prosciutto 4.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Nourish Jul 13, 2017

Despite its simplicity, this salad offers complex flavors. The dressing has a lovely hint of sweetness that is inherent in an aged white balsamic vinegar, but white wine vinegar with a touch of honey may be substituted.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 2 ounces sliced prosciutto, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar (may substitute 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon plus honey)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more as needed
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1/2 cantaloupe, halved, seeded, rind removed, and then very thinly sliced


Grease a medium nonstick skillet with cooking oil spray and place over medium-high heat. Add the prosciutto and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is crisped and browned. Let cool.

Whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place the arugula in a medium bowl. Add half the dressing and toss to coat.

To serve, fan the melon slices on a platter or individual plates. Drizzle the melon with the remaining dressing. Pile arugula in the center of the plate(s), Sprinkle with the crisped prosciutto, and more pepper, as needed. (Or you can build the salad by using the arugula as the base, topping with the fanned cantaloupe slices, drizzle the remaining dressing and then finish with the crisped prosciutto.) Serve right away.

Recipe Source

From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Lynn O'Brien.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 120

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 10g 15%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 15mg 5%

Sodium: 290mg 12%

Total Carbohydrates: 7g 2%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 6g

Protein: 5g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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