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June 7, 2017

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers (Whole30 Appetizer)

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Galia Melon Jamón Skewers make a perfect summertime app! This dairy free, gluten free and paleo-friendly Whole30 appetizer is a delicious start for any get-together. This app balances the sweetness of the Galia melon with the saltiness of the jamón. Skewered together with fresh basil and drizzled with a balsamic reduction, these savory-sweet skewers are sure to become a seasonal favorite, whether or not you and your guests are doing a Whole30!

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers make a perfect summer app! This dairy free, gluten free and paleo-friendly Whole30 appetizer is a delicious start for any party. #recipe #Whole30

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Summertime produce is abundant these days, and with that comes all the summer melons.

Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Honeydews…

And Canary, Casaba, Crenshaw, Galia, Hami, Lemon Drops, too.

There are so many melons that I had no idea so many existed.

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers make a perfect summer app! This dairy free, gluten free and paleo-friendly Whole30 appetizer is a delicious start for any party. #recipe #Whole30

My friends at Sprouts Farmers Market are hosting Melon Mania, and they offer all these melons and more!

And since they have an open tasting policy, you can let a team member know you want to try something and they will cut it open for you on the spot.

How cool is that?

So you can stop by and sample one or more of these gorgeous summer melons for yourself! Tell ‘em I sent you. 😉

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers make a perfect summer app! This dairy free, gluten free and paleo-friendly Whole30 appetizer is a delicious start for any party. #recipe #Whole30

I chose the Galia melon to use in this Whole30 appetizer because my nose liked it the best.

Yes, I’m totally that person who walks around the produce section and sniffs everything. Feel free to chuckle as you envision me doing this because looks ridiculous. However, it comes in handy because our noses can tell us a lot about what we’re picking to eat.

Galia melons are similar to a cantaloupe on the outside, though on the inside, they’re similar to a honeydew.

Here’s a helpful hint: The sugar content will be higher if the Galia melon is a deep orange color on the outside.

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers make a perfect summer app! This dairy free, gluten free and paleo-friendly Whole30 appetizer is a delicious start for any party. #recipe #Whole30

Also, these skewers were created when we were just finishing our first round of the Whole30.

I wanted to pair some sort of ham product with the melon to balance its sweetness with something more savory, and when I found Whole30-compliant Jamón Serrano at Sprouts, I knew I was in luck.

While there, I grabbed some Sprouts branded farm fresh basil to add to the skewers, then got a bottle of Sprouts branded balsamic vinegar for a reduction to top the skewers with.

Oh, I also picked up the Galia melon. Because that’s our piece de resistance.

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers make a perfect summer app! This dairy free, gluten free and paleo-friendly Whole30 appetizer is a delicious start for any party. #recipe #Whole30

Obviously, this appetizer is Whole30-compliant.

You’re welcome, Whole30 peeps.

And if you’re not interested in Whole30, you can rest assured these skewers are still absolutely delicious.

How can you go wrong with an appetizer that balances summertime melon sweetness with the savory saltiness of ham?

In my opinion, you can’t.

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers make a perfect summer app! This dairy free, gluten free and paleo-friendly Whole30 appetizer is a delicious start for any party. #recipe #Whole30

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers Essentials

Get the look!

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers make a perfect summer app! This dairy free, gluten free and paleo-friendly Whole30 appetizer is a delicious start for any party. #recipe #Whole30

Are you drooling yet?

Prepare to wow your guests because here’s how  you can make this appetizer for your next get-together!

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers
Yield: 12 skewers

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Galia Melon Jamón Skewers make a perfect summertime app! This dairy free, gluten free and paleo-friendly Whole30 appetizer is a delicious start for any get-together. This app balances the sweetness of the Galia melon with the saltiness of the jamón. Skewered together with fresh basil and drizzled with a balsamic reduction, these savory-sweet skewers are sure to become a seasonal favorite, whether or not you and your guests are doing a Whole30!

Ingredients

  • 1 Galia melon, diced into 1” chunks
  • 3 oz. Jamón Serrano
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, torn
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

Make the Balsamic Reduction

  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, warm the balsamic vinegar.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil, and reduce by half.
  3. When reduced and sticky, remove from the heat, and let cool.

Prepare the Skewers

  1. Slice the Jamón Serrano down the middle so the slices are thinner. This will make them easier to wrap/weave through the skewers, as you will use one of these half slices of Jamón on each skewer.
  2. Skewer the bottom of a slice of Jamón Serrano, then add a chunk of melon and a leaf of basil.
  3. Using the same long slice of Jamón Serrano, skewer it again, then add another chunk of melon and a basil leaf.
  4. Repeat multiple times until you run out of Jamón Serrano, then repeat for other skewers.
  5. Finish with a drizzle of the balsamic reduction, and serve chilled!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 skewer

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 46 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 21mg Carbohydrates: 11g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

What is your favorite melon?

What melon would you like to try?

17 Comments

  1. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife

    Love all the flavors in this oh-so simple appetizer! It’s TOTALLY perfect for summer!

    • Erin

      It truly is perfect for this time of year! Thank you, Meghan!

  2. Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

    Definitely drooling! These look AMAZINGGG.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Madison! They ARE so tasty!

  3. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    A thousand times YES!! These look and sound luscious. We were in Spain last summer and couldn’t get enough of the Jamón – I vastly prefer it over prosciutto. Your pics are gorgeous!

    • Erin

      Woohoo! They are totally luscious and SO good with that Jamón. While I’ve never been to Spain, I can imagine I wouldn’t be able to get enough of it while traveling there. (My in-laws actually tried to bring me home some when they went a few summers back, but it got taken away at customs!) Thank you so much. 🙂

  4. Jennifer

    This looks so fun! A sure hit at any party!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Jennifer! These are bound to be a hit at a party!

  5. katerina @ diethood.com

    OMG!! How incredible is this!! I LOVE it!!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Katerina! We love these skewers!

  6. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I totally smell the fruit before buying it too – that’s how you find the best one! 🙂 This looks fantastic!

    • Erin

      YAS! Glad I’m not the only one who does that. 😉 And I’m with you – you really CAN find the best one with your nose! Thank you!

  7. Sandi G

    Melon mania sounds like so much fun. Sprout is my favorite market :-).

    • Erin

      It IS so much fun! And I think it’s still going on because I keep finding these melons at Sprouts. 🙂 They’re SO tasty.

  8. Shannon @ Pass Me Some Tasty

    These are beautiful skewers Erin and such an awesome summer appetizer! Definitely making these at my next bbq gathering!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Shannon! I hope you and yours enjoy these beauts as much as we did!

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