Arugula, Cantaloupe, and Ham Salad with Pink Peppercorn Vinaigrette

Arugula Cantaloupe and Ham Salad

In Serenbe, a New Urban community south of Atlanta, the Farmhouse restaurant features fried chicken on their Sunday brunch and locals flock there to enjoy the southern fare. The bustling farm to table restaurant also dishes up other regional sides, such as squash casserole and fried green tomatoes.  Diners can wash it all down with bottomless Mimosas.

Bruce and Felix treated us to brunch on Sunday and in anticipation of feasting on my fatty, fried, favorite comfort food, I decided to make a healthier choice for an appetizer. In lieu of the fried green tomatoes, I ordered the salad, which inspired today’s post.

Arugula Cantaloupe and Ham Salad

I’ve eaten prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe many times and I adore this combination, but  topping arugula with cantaloupe and ham and tossing the whole thing with pink peppercorn vinaigrette was a stroke of genius. Thanks for the chef at Serenbe’s Farmhouse for inspiring this post.

Arugula, Cantaloupe, and Ham Salad with Pink Peppercorn Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Arugula, Cantaloupe, and Ham Salad with Pink Peppercorn Vinaigrette


For the dressing:

4 tablespoons Champagne vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon honey

2 teaspoons ground pink peppercorns

1/2 cup canola oil

For the salad

8 cups baby arugula leaves

2 cups cubed cantaloupe

6 slices high-quality deli ham (I used Black Forest Ham)


For the dressing:

1. Whisk vinegar, mustard, honey, and peppercorns together.

2. Continue whisking and slowly add canola oil. Set aside

For the salad:

1. Roll ham slices tightly and slice crosswise.

2. In a medium bowl, toss arugula with dressing to taste.

3. Divide arugula on four salad plates.

4. Top salads with cantaloupe and ham.

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Bill Harris

I grew up in small town Mississippi eating traditional southern fare.A lifelong foodie, I started cooking and experimenting with food at a very young age. I started Southern Boy Dishes as a creative outlet and a way to share my love of food.

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  1. says

    I’m with MJ – I couldn’t have passed up fried green tomatoes! That said, I really like the idea of this salad. Cantaloupe and ham or prosciutto is a classic starter, and I really like the idea of turning it into a salad. Really good stuff – thanks.

  2. says

    You ordered a salad instead of fried green tomatoes? I don’t think I could have done that. :) Maybe this salad yes. Love the simplicity of it and those ingredients sound perfectly delicious!

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