Prosciutto Melon Skewers with Miami Vice Cocktail

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It is a heat wave, pretty much everywhere in the country right now. And that means nobody wants to be turning on a hot oven or slaving over a hot stove. These cooling and satisfying Prosciutto Melon Skewers paired with my Paleo Miami Vice cocktail are the perfect snack, lunch or even dinner.

There is no stove or oven required and the prep work is minimal. The best part is that is uses the in season fresh fruits and veggies! There is something about the salty proscuitto with the cooling melon that pairs perfectly with the basil. And the hydrating coconut and strawberry cocktail washes it down nicely! If you don’t have a melon baller don’t worry, the melons are just as tasty as cubes!



  • 1/2 cantaloupe melon, balled
  • 12-16 basil leaves
  • 1/4 lb of Proscuitto, sliced in 4-6″ pieces

Miami Vice

Strawberry Daiquiri

  • 1 lb of strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1 cup of ice, crushed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 oz of Malibu rum (optional)

Pina Colada

  • 4 oz of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of ice, crushed
  • 4 oz of pineapple juice
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 oz of Malibu rum (optional)


For the skewers:

  1. Thread 1 basil leaf, 1 piece of Proscuitto and 2 melon balls or cubes on a skewer.
  2. Serve immediately or chill up to 30 minutes. If making ahead, leave basil off until right before serving.

For Miami Vice:

  1. In a blender mix all the ingredients for Pina Colada (listed above).
  2. Pour in a glass.
  3. In a blender mix all of the ingredients for a Strawberry Daiquiri (listed above).
  4. Pour on top of the Pina Colada.
  5. Serve immediately with a straw!

The Miami Vice cocktail was inspired by a trip to Mexico we took this past spring.  It was my favorite cocktail to drink because it was (mostly) Paleo and when it is 11 am and already 95 degrees, yikes!  I mean I love sun and warm weather, but I was sure glad our hotel had air conditioning! This cocktail can easily be made into a mocktail by substituting coconut water for Malibu rum. I like to make a pitchers of each when I’m entertaining for brunch or a lunch party! For other awesome summer Paleo recipes check out the summer recipe roundup!

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