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)
653 Calories
7g Fat
137g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 653
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 1797mg 78%
Total Carbohydrate 137g 50%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 122g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 274mg 1,371%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 3733mg 79%
*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 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. The combination is also delicious in salads, on sandwiches, and in a multitude of other combinations. The saline, flavorful ham combines amazingly with the bright, sweet melon. The pairing is a perfect example of two disparate ingredients which - when combined -become much more than just the sum of their parts.


  • 1/2 ripe honeydew melon, seeds and rind removed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 12 slices thinly sliced Serrano ham

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  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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