Prawns with Parma Ham and Melon

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Prawns with Palma Ham and Melon

My dear old Dad really enjoyed cooking but on a Friday night he liked to give himself the night off. So instead of making a hearty meal he would prepare what he liked to call a ‘cold supper’. These types of meals normally included cold meats like ham and salad. We would eat these with a chunky piece of fresh bread bought from a bakery.

Occasionally, he would put together prawns with parma ham and melon. It was one of my favourites. I remember when I lived at home, my friend Lucy from University, came to visit and she was served this meal by my dad. Lucy, for one reason or another, had a really long train journey to get to us. When she arrived she was really hungry but didn’t really know what she wanted to eat.

Until the prawns with parma ham and melon arrived in front of her. Then Lucy told me that the dish was delicious and perfect after a long day travelling. It was just what she needed. When I told my dad what Lucy had said he just shrugged his shoulders and sighed, ‘ah well.’ Bless my dad never one to be boastful about his cooking. Even though I think he was a bit of an expert.

Serves 2

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Prawns with Palma Ham and Melon


  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Spoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Large salad bowl
  • Salad spoons
  • Serving board


  • Prawns x 200g
  • Parma ham x 4 slices
  • Cantaloupe melon x 1
  • Lettuce x 1
  • Cherry tomatoes x 10
  • Cucumber x 1/2
  • Salad Dressing x 2 tbsp


  • Start by cutting the lettuce and put into the large salad bowl.
  • Slice the tomatoes in half and add them in.
  • Next slice the cucumber and put this into the bowl.
  • Add the salad dressing and toss the salad with the spoons.
  • Split the salad between the serving bowls and set aside.
  • Cut the melon in half and remove the seeds.
  • Put each melon half in the middle of the salad in the serving bowls.
  • Place the parma ham instead the melon.
  • Fill the hole with the prawns and any leftover place around the outside of the bowl on the salad.
  • Serve and enjoy.
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Prawns with Palma Ham and Melon

Prawns with Parma Ham and Melon is a quick, simple and easy meal. Great for a Friday night supper or as a cold lunch on a Saturday. Plus it could even be taken with you as a packed lunch. It’s a perfect meal if you need to whip up a dish in a hurry. When I lived at home I looked forward to all of my Dad’s dinners but this was one I really enjoyed. However you decide to eat this dish, as always, enjoy.

Do you eat cold dinners and if so, what ones do you enjoy the most? Let me know in the comment below and please don’t forget to like and follow me. Thank you. xxx