Summer Melon and Ham Salad with Burrata and Chile

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Summer Melon and Ham Salad with Burrata and Chile Recipe

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 

I love the balance of the musky fruit with the salty-sweet ham and the creaminess of the burrata cheese (you can sub fresh mozzarella). You have a lot of strong flavors at play, and the cheese sets the canvas for the whole thing.

Serves 8 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)


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1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (such as Aleppo)
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon minced shallots
1/2 teaspoon honey
Dash of kosher salt
2 tablespoons canola or other neutral oil
1 small cantaloupe
1 small honeydew melon
2 ounces lower-sodium country ham, thinly sliced
4 ounces burrata or fresh mozzarella cheese
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper


Active: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes

1. Place crushed red pepper in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Toast 90 seconds, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat; cool.

2. Combine vinegar, shallots, honey, and salt in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Slowly add oil, stirring constantly with a whisk.

3. Cut each melon in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds, and cut melons into quarters. Shave 1 quarter of each melon into strips using a vegetable peeler to yield about 1 1/4 cups cantaloupe and 1 1/4 cups honeydew. Reserve remaining melon for another use. Arrange melon strips and ham slices on a platter so they overlap or intertwine. Spoon burrata evenly over top; sprinkle with toasted red pepper and cracked black pepper. Drizzle vinegar mixture over top.

Created date

May 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 101
Fat 7.2 g
Satfat 2.5 g
Monofat 2.5 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrate 4 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 247 mg
Calcium 81 mg
Sugars 3 g
Est. Added Sugars 0 g