Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Prosciutto Canary Melon with Spring Lettuce and Scallion Mint Yogurt

     A Nice Mediterranean Salad for the Spring Season!
     Canary Melon is usually available from mid spring through late summer.  Canary Melon has one of the lightest refreshing melon flavors of them all, so it is perfect for pairing with Parma Prosciutto.
     Prosciutto e Melone is a classic Italian antipasti that can be paired with a petite salad to create an interesting presentation.  Bite size pieces of Prosciutto wrapped Canary Melon add panache to a composed salad design.  Since Canary Melon is so refreshing, garnishing the dressed Spring Lettuce with a generous amount of Canary Melon Balls is a welcome sight on a warm day.
     The Scallion Mint Yogurt Dressing is made with Goat Milk Yogurt, so it has a healthy zesty flavor.  Mint and scallion are familiar spring flavors worldwide and this flavor combination contributes to the theme of this Mediterranean salad platter.
     Scallion Mint Yogurt Salad Dressing: 
     This recipe yields a little more than 1/4 cup.  (1 portion)
     Step 1:  Place 1/4 cup of goat milk yogurt in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of virgin olive oil.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of finely minced mint leaves.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of very thinly sliced green onion tops.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
     Stir the ingredients together.
     Step 2:  Add a few drops of water at a time while stirring, till the dressing becomes a thin sauce consistency that can coat a spoon.  (About 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of water is plenty.)
     Place the Scallion Mint Yogurt Salad Dressing in a small container and chill it till it is needed.
     Canary Melon Balls:  
     This recipe yields 1 portion.
     Canary Melons vary in size.  A small Canary Melon is enough for 2 guests and a large one is enough for 4 or 5 guests.  
     Step 1:  Cut a canary melon in half lengthwise.
     Use a spoon to gently scrape the seeds and pulp out.
     Step 2:  Set one half of the melon aside for later in the recipe.  This will be used to make the Prosciutto Wrapped Canary Melon Pieces.
     Step 3:  Place the other half of the Canary Melon on a cutting board.
     Use a Melon Ball Tool (7/16" to 1/2" diameter size) to cut 18 whole round Canary Melon Balls.
     Place the canary melon balls in a container and chill them till they are needed.
     *Snack on the fruit that remains in the melon shell!
     Prosciutto Wrapped Canary Melon :  
     This recipe yields 1 portion.  (About 12 bite size pieces.)
     Imported Italian certified Parma Prosciutto or certified Italian Volpi Prosciutto is best for this recipe.  These fine Prosciutto Hams can be found in an Italian delicatessen.  A deli clerk will slice the Prosciutto paper thin and separate each slice with parchment paper, so the thin ham sliced do not stick together.
     Be patient when working with thin sliced Prosciutto.  The paper thin sliced Prosciutto will stick to itself and it is nearly impossible to separate the meat without tearing it to shreds.  Handle the Prosciutto with care, so the finished product looks nice.  The less that the Prosciutto Wrapped Canary Melon is handled, the less damage will occur!
     Step 1:  Place the reserved prepared Canary Melon Half on a cutting board.
     Use a knife to cut off the thin rind.
     Step 2:  Cut the melon fruit into long wedges that are about 3/4" wide.  (Cut enough for 12 bite size pieces.)
     Wrap each wedge with a thin coat of paper thin sliced Prosciutto from end to end.
     Step 3:  Cut the long Prosciutto Wrapped Canary Melon Wedges into 12 bite size cube shaped pieces.  (About 3/4" x 3/4" size.)
     *Any odd shaped end pieces can be snacked on!
     Just let the pieces of Prosciutto Wrapped Canary Melon sit on the cutting board till they are needed in the next recipe section.
     Prosciutto Canary Melon with Spring Lettuce and Scallion Mint Yogurt:
     This recipe yields 1 salad entrée.
     Step 1:  Mound 1 1/2 cups of Spring Mix Lettuce on the center of a large plate.
     Spoon a generous portion of the Scallion Mint Yogurt Salad Dressing over the lettuce.
     *About 4 tablespoons.  The yogurt will help to hold the melon balls in place!
     Step 2:  Arrange the Canary Melon Balls on top of the yogurt dressed lettuce.  (Try to create a concentric circle pattern.)
     Drape 1 or 2 whole paper thin slices of Prosciutto on the center of the melon balls.
     Garnish the prosciutto with a few long thin bias sliced strips of green onion top.
     Step 3:  Evenly space the 12 bit size pieces of Prosciutto Wrapped Canary Melon in a circle pattern on the plate around the salad.  
     Delicious and modern looking!  This Mediterranean style salad platter is perfect for spring and summer!

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