Spanish Melon With Serrano Ham (Melon con Jamon Serrano) Recipe

Pieces of jamon and green melon for snack.
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
12 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 12
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 1g
Calcium 2mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Salty and full of flavor, Serrano ham makes an excellent contrast with sweet, juicy honeydew melon. This Spanish tapa recipe known as melon con jamon serrano (melon with serrano ham) takes about 5 to 10 minutes to prepare and requires no cooking.

If you are short on time and need to bring something to a potluck or friend’s barbecue, this is the tapa for you! Melon with serrano ham is also a refreshing dish to serve at a brunch or lunch—whenever melons are in season.


  • 1/2 ripe melon (honeydew)
  • 12 slices ham (thin Serrano)

Steps to Make It

  1. Rinse the melon and pat dry. Cut melon in half, remove seeds and cut away the rind. Cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes.

  2. Cut ham slices in half and wrap each melon cube with ham.

  3. Use toothpicks to hold ham in place.

  4. Serve cold or at room temperature.


  • It is best to prepare these at the last minute because the melon can waterlog the ham making for a soggy appetizer. They are so easy to prepare, however, that they can be whipped up even as your guests are arriving or right before transporting them to a party.

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