Melon Appetizers

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If you're hosting a party on a sultry summer afternoon, or if you want a healthy appetizer for a family picnic, keep it cool by serving refreshing melon-inspired appetizers. Fruit-based appetizers are the ideal way to spark appetites. Use melons such as watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe at the peak of ripeness for the best flavor.

Watermelon and Tomato Skewers

Use summer's produce bounty to make creative appetizers. Sweet, juicy watermelon and tangy, ripe tomatoes complement each other in an unexpected way. Thread bite-size seedless watermelon pieces and halved cherry tomatoes onto bamboo skewers. Arrange the skewers on a serving plate and drizzle them with creamy Parmesan dressing, along with salt to taste.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Honeydew

Salty prosciutto pairs perfectly with sweet honeydew melon. Impress your family or your guests with gourmet appetizers by wrapping thinly sliced prosciutto around bite-size pieces of ripe honeydew melon. Insert toothpicks into the centers of the melon cubes, which will hold the appetizers together while making them easier to eat. Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper over the appetizers and refrigerate them until serving.

Melon Kabobs

Start the get-together off on a sweet note with marinated melon kabobs. For a pleasing presentation, cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe into balls using a melon baller. Marinate the balls in a syrup made from sugar, water and lime juice. Slide the marinated melon balls onto bamboo skewers, alternating the pieces, and chill them until the party begins.

Mint and Melon Salad

Tempt guests' taste buds with a green melon salad. Cut honeydew melon into small chunks and toss them with lime juice. The addition of fresh, chopped cilantro and mint will enhance the salad's vibrant color and give it a spicy flavor. Pile the melon on a bed of fresh spinach lightly tossed with garden tomato dressing on individual chilled plates prior to the dinner.