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Parma Ham, Melon and Mozzarella Salad With Chilli Mango Dressing

Parma Ham, Melon and Mozzarella Salad With Chilli Mango Dressing

This tasty, refreshing salad is packed with fabulous flavours, textures and colours – perfect for a relaxed summer lunch. Simply share rocket, sliced mango, melon and mozzarella cheese between separate plates and top with delicious, paper thin slices of Parma Ham. Drizzle with a dressing of blended mango, lime juice and chilli, and serve immediately. Parma Ham is a completely natural food with nothing added except salt. Making a Parma ham is a long and painstaking process. The curing is controlled carefully so that the ham absorbs only enough salt to preserve it to retain its distinctive sweet flavour.

Parma Ham, Prosciutto di Parma is produced in the hills surrounding the Italian town of Parma. The air in the Parmesan hills is unique, dry and sweet-smelling with breezes from the Apennine Mountains creating perfect environmental conditions for a natural “drying” of the hams.
The unique taste of Parma Ham is dependent on the traditional production process passed down from Roman times, carefully controlled by the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma. Only hams that have passed stringent curing regulations approved by the EU can be awarded the stamp of the Ducal crown – a five pointed coronet logo with PARMA in the centre which is branded onto the ham’s skin. The Ducal Crown is now a certification trademark.
Only hams that have passed stringent curing regulations approved by the EU can be awarded the stamp of the Ducal crown – a five pointed coronet logo with PARMA in the centre which is branded onto the ham’s skin

The Recipe: Parma Ham, Melon and Mozzarella Salad with Chilli Mango Dressing

Serves 2

1 large ripe mango, peeled, halved and pitted
1 tbsp lime or lemon juice
1 tsp fresh red chilli, finely chopped
2 handfuls rocket
2 wedges cantaloupe, Galia or honeydew melon
1 ball mozzarella cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
8 slices Parma Ham

• Cut half the mango into neat slices to use in the salad. Chop the rest of the mango flesh roughly and blend this with the lime or lemon juice, chilli and two tablespoons of cold water, using a hand-held stick blender or regular blender

• Share the rocket between two serving plates and arrange the sliced mango on top. Remove the skin from the melon, cut the flesh into slices and arrange on the salads

• Tear or cut the mozzarella cheese into chunks or slices and share between the salads. Season with a little black pepper, and arrange the slices of Parma Ham on top. Drizzle with a little mango dressing and serve at once.

Cook’s tips: Make sure that the fruit is at room temperature to fully appreciate its flavour. For fabulous nibbles, wrap chunks of mango and melon in slices of Parma Ham – perfect for parties and get-togethers. Quartered figs and pears work well with Parma Ham too.

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