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Melon and Mozzarella Salad with Rose Water Vinaigrette and Crisp Prosciutto

Note: This recipe is part of Kerry Saretsky's series The Secret Ingredient. This month's featured ingredient is rose water. Kerry also gives recipes that use rose water for Blackberries and Raspberries with Rose Sabayon and Rosey Rosé.

I like to fill up pretty jam jars with this salad, and place the crispy prosciutto on top like a lid.

This is an unusual dish that takes its cue from the traditional Italian cantaloupe and prosciutto. Bite-size balls of madras watermelon and cantaloupe are matched by tiny round bocconcini mozzarella. These three are tossed with a bright, heady rosewater vinaigrette, punctuated with chopped baby arugula, and topped with optional crispy slabs of prosciutto. Ham and melon will never be the same!

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