Eating in-season produce is a great way to save money and also eat foods at their nutritional peak. For instance, cantaloupes are under $2 right now. UNDER $2! And they’re great for you– full of Vitamins C and A, and high in potassium. But, there is only so much cantaloupe you can eat plain or in fruit salad before getting a little tired of it. Here’s a great way to enjoy cantaloupe in a savory way: put it in a (non-fruit) salad!
This salad has peppery arugula, salty prosciutto, sweet cantaloupe, and tangy goat cheese, with crunchy almonds and dressed in a simple lemon garlic dressing with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. It’s simple and satisfying, and is one of those salads you can have as a meal and actually feel full.
You may notice a lot of similarities to my last post and that’s because- well, the ingredients are almost identicle! I had leftover ingredients from making the Apple and Prosciutto Sandwiches with Goat Cheese and Arugula, and I’ve been trying to make multiple meals from similar ingredients lately, in order to purchase more minimal groceries. Since moving to Austin, Zach and I are living for a short while with his (far too generous) parents while our house is being built.
OH, did I mention WE ARE BUILDING A HOUSE? It’s hard to believe it’s actually happening, but when we visited the property the other day and saw the framework for the foundation, it felt all the more real:
Anyway, with less fridge and pantry space in our temporary abode, my new cooking challenge is to use minimal ingredients. And you know how I love me a good cooking challenge :-)
You’ll probably notice this trend for the next few months on the blog- lots of meals with few ingredients, budget friendly meals, or multiple meals in a row that ensure I’m using all of the ingredients that I buy multiple times. This is great news, since this blog is about real food for busy people! Few ingredients frequently means less time spent on meals, since there’s less to prep. It also usually means saving money on groceries. Double whammy!
If you like this salad, you’ll love the Apple and Prosciutto Sandwiches. But you can also just have the cantaloupe and prosciutto as a tasty snack- it’s a traditional Italian appetizer and the two ingredients are a match made in heaven. No dressing needed! Just eat a bite of cantaloupe with a bite of prosciutto and you’ll have a sweet and salty happy dance going on in your mouth. Scrumptious.
Recipe below- enjoy!
Arugula, Cantaloupe, and Prosciutto Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds
For Two Salads:
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- juice of one lemon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cups packed arugula
- 1 cup cubed cantaloupe about 6 pieces per salad
- 2 oz. goat cheese crumbled
- 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
- 4 slices prosciutto torn into pieces
- balsamic glaze optional
- Mash the garlic and salt together with a fork to form a paste.
- Add the garlic paste to a medium bowl and whisk together with lemon juice, olive oil, and pepper.
- Toss the arugula with the dressing in the bowl and divide onto two plates.
- Top each salad with equal parts of almonds, goat cheese, cantaloupe, and prosciutto.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze on top of each salad if desired, and top with extra fresh cracked pepper.