A brief flash in the pan transforms paper-thin slices of smoky speck--cured, thinly sliced pork like prosciutto--into savory crisps to hold the melon salad in this healthy appetizer recipe. Look for speck in specialty markets or at Italian grocers. If you can't find it, the sweet saltiness of prosciutto is a fine stand-in.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2014


Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Whisk in 2 tablespoons oil. Add melon, shallot and mint and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature while you prepare the speck.

  • Use kitchen scissors to cut speck (or prosciutto) slices in half crosswise. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half of the speck (or prosciutto) and cook, turning once, until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels and blot off excess grease. Repeat with the remaining pieces.

  • To serve, arrange the crisped speck (or prosciutto) on individual small plates. Using a slotted spoon, top each piece with a small amount of the melon salad. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare melon salad (Step 1) without mint, cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours; remove from the refrigerator and stir in mint about 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

2 crisps & 1 Tbsp. melon salad
79 calories; protein 3.7g; carbohydrates 3.9g; dietary fiber 0.3g; sugars 3g; fat 5.3g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 3.8mg; vitamin a iu 764.3IU; vitamin c 7.7mg; folate 6.6mcg; calcium 6.1mg; iron 0.4mg; magnesium 4mg; potassium 72.7mg; sodium 365.8mg; added sugar 1g.

1/2 lean meat, 1 fat