melon salad with toasted prosciutto

melon salad
I think we have found our rhythm here at Manderley Cottage.  I hate the word routine which for me conjures visions of repetitive boredom. Rhythm is better because it can change depending on mood or weather.   Monday is my day off from the outside world. It is my time to clean Manderley, catch up on laundry, write, rest, and read. After active weekends, I need a day to recoup and bless our home with some order.  Our littlest one is suffering greatly with our lifestyle change, and can constantly be heard sighing, “I hate this house.” We wonder how this child could hate it here, where she hikes trails with her parents and is treated to an “Orange Cream” after 8 kilometers. Who rides her bike with her family all over Colonial Williamsburg stopping to pet the animals. And who enjoys exciting evenings at Busch Gardens with all our other fellow W’Burgians. So when asked why she hates this house, it comes down to one simple thing- there is no TV.


Kids are funny. Her perceptions seem odd to us, but are very real to her. We had decided when we made the lifestyle change, that we would not have a TV here at Manderley. The kids were furious. So let me explain what is going on now without a TV. We all sit around our tiny living room each evening chatting about their day, sometimes late into the night with our oldest helping him with college essays and Eagle project summaries. We listen to baseball games streamed in on a laptop. We read. Walk or cycle to the Farmer’s Market each Saturday. The kids draw. Or we go on an evening walks or bike rides. We hike. We try new restaurants. We go to the beach.  We play games. We go to CrossFit.  Or we nap. And our littlest writes letters to her old friends, probably about how bad life is without TV.  We do have internet, so when Himself and I go on a date, they can watch Netflix.  No one is dying, although she thinks she is.


The summer produce is waning here in Virginia, so I am eking out as much melon as possible. Last week, we ate watermelon and declared it our last for the summer, it tasted exhausted and worn out.  Alas the cantaloupe have hung on a bit longer. I love the sweet and salty combination of cantaloupe and prosciutto and wanted to do a little twist to this classic combination by toasting the prosciutto to bring out even more of its saltiness.  The addition of the mint adds color and surprise, and the red onion gives it some bite.  Cut the melon as you please, but I enjoyed this salad with the melon cut into thin ribbons using my mandoline.



melon salad with toasted prosciutto
Recipe type: Salad, or Supper
Cuisine: Italian, Paleo
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Serves: 2-4
Sweet, salty, with a nice bite, and surprising mint. A refreshing salad on a late summer evening.
  • one half sweet yet firm cantaloupe, seeds removed, peeled, and sliced thinly
  • ⅓ red onion, slice thinly
  • 4 ounces sliced prosciutto
  • about 12 mint leaves, cut into ribbons
  • Dressing:
  • ⅛ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tblsp. White wine vinegar
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • black pepper
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. honey
  1. Once the cantaloupe is sliced, you may use a mandoline, but not too thin! Drain on paper towels.
  2. Meanwhile, add the prosciutto to a food processor and pulse 2-3 times quickly to crumble. Too far and you will have a paste.
  3. In a large dry skillet over medium heat, add the prosciutto, separating into small bits.
  4. Toast prosciutto, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, until crisp and a dark reddish brown. Drain on a paper towel if needed.
  5. Whisk together all dressing ingredients.
  6. Just when you are ready to eat the salad, plate the cantaloupe and top with onions. Sprinkle with prosciutto and mint.
  7. Dress the salad and serve immediately.
I made each part of the salad and wrapped and chilled separately. When ready to serve, I plated each ingredient, whisked the dressing again and dressed the salad.

*This will serve two for supper or lunch. Or 4 as a side dish.


Happy Birthday Himself! Gobs of Love. xoxo




  1. Posted September 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

    Beautiful presentation of the salad. It’s hard to imagine life without TV these days, but good for you spending time with them and not using the TV as a sitter.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted September 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM | Permalink

      Sometimes I do miss sitting down and watching a DIY or cooking show. The guys do miss sports, but have found they can go to a pub or stream it.

  2. Sharon
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM | Permalink

    Does your daughter enjoy audiobooks? You can get them at the library, or sign up for a subscription online at My daughter (13 yrs) is a voracious reader, but she also enjoys listening to audiobooks. We often listen to audiobooks as a family when we go on long road trips. They are very entertaining, but we’ve found our enjoyment depends heavily on the narrator. Some fun ones–Phantom Tollbooth, Snow Treasure, Around The World In 80 Days, Chronicles of Narnia We watch very little television–it’s mostly family movies on weekends when we have time. You’re doing awesome! Blessings, Sharon

    • Robin Sue
      Posted September 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM | Permalink

      Great idea Sharon! She does have a Kindle and we can hardly keep her in books. I have offered to read aloud to the family at night but the kids screamed! HAHA! WE will check out the library for some audio books. We have tried some podcasts, and some they like. We also find interesting bands on youtube and listen to different artists which is interesting. It’s funny how they think TV is the bomb. I think they will “get it” some day!

  3. Jules
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM | Permalink

    Do I spy an 11 yr. old?

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