Watermelon, Manchego and Serrano Ham Salad with Pedro Ximénez Wine Reduction

Sounds interesting, right? This salad is amazing. I was taught to make it by Chef Mario Campollo, this is his recipe. Well, sort of… I changed a few things on the night I made this salad at home. His original recipe calls for Iberico ham, he was teaching us Spanish dish recipes, so he used ingredients from Spain such as Iberico ham, Pedro Ximénez wine and Manchego cheese. I used Serrano Ham instead, because that’s what I had. You could also use prosciutto, which of course is Italian… but I think it could work. Here is a picture of Chef Campollo that Kitty took while we were at the cooking class.

Watermelon, Manchego and Serrano Ham Salad with Pedro Ximénez Wine Reduction

This is ideal for a special occasion.  This is not your average salad. Since we are all friends here, and we can talk about these things I must warn you, the price of the Pedro Ximénez bottle is high. Edith from EPI Foods and I were excited to try this recipe at home, we went straight to our Spanish gourmet store to get our bottle of Pedro Ximénez, Iberico ham and Manchego cheese and then… Screech!!! Pricy stuff. If you have a friend who shares your passion for food, you can share the expense and split the bottle. Just an idea.

The raisin wine reduction, is actually made with Pedro Ximénez. Straw wine, or raisin wine, is a wine made from grapes that have been dried to concentrate their juice, Pedro Ximénez is such a wine. You can also use any sweet dessert sherry (Jeréz) if you have trouble finding this specific brand.

Watermelon, Manchego and Serrano Ham Salad with Pedro Ximénez Wine Reduction

Watermelon, Manchego and Serrano Ham Salad
with Pedro Ximénez Reduction

Yields: 4 servings
Recipe from Chef Mario Campollo

Ingredients

2 cups of watermelon, cut into medium sized cubes.
2 oz. Serrano Ham ( or Iberico ham)
2 plum tomatoes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 cherry tomatoes
2 oz Manchego cheese, sliced
1 cup mixed green leaves (gourmet salad mix from the store)
2 cups of Pedro Ximénez wine (or sweet dessert sherry)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. In a small pot, the smallest you can get your hands on, bring the 2 cups of Pedro Ximénez to a slow boil.  Let it reduce for about 20 minutes, until it has a honeylike texture.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, place the rest of the ingredients: watermelon, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green leaves, manchego cheese, ham, and season with salt and pepper.  Add the red wine vinegar and olive oil.  Toss to coat.
  3. Arrange all the ingredients in a serving plate and drizzle the Pedro Ximénez reduction on top.

Watermelon, Manchego and Serrano Ham Salad with Pedro Ximénez Wine Reduction

Watermelon, Manchego and Serrano Ham Salad with Pedro Ximénez Wine Reduction

Watermelon, Manchego and Serrano Ham Salad with Pedro Ximénez Wine Reduction

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6 Responses to "Watermelon, Manchego and Serrano Ham Salad with Pedro Ximénez Wine Reduction"

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  1. Seth Mariscal

    August 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Wow that looks delicious! Was this at the NuChef class?

  2. Edith

    August 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Pricey but well worth the prize! The Pedro Ximenez can also be used without reducing it in the dressing of another salad. Last time I did a spinach, strawberry and pecan salad and made a vinaigrette with this wine, adding a little of balsamic vinegar. I also added some little goat cheese balls and it was divine.

  3. Helga

    August 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Seth,
    No, we received this class in Santo Domingo, Antigua. But he is teaching at NuChef nowadays.

  4. SpanishFoodie

    August 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Pretty cool recipe, sometimes it is hard to find authentic Spanish Serrano Jamon, I get mine from http://www.rapososgourmet.com and they have best prices and excellent customer service. Give them a try if you are looking for Jamon Serrano

  5. Kitty

    August 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you! Will definitely keep it in mind as spanish ingredients are hard to get in the US :)

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