Arugula & Prosciutto Winter Salad with Garlic Croutons

Salads | January 5, 2017 | By

A salad for the winter.

So I am a HUGE salad freak. Nothing beats a summer salad with seasonal fruit and cheese, or a cozy winter salad with grains and vegetables. I love them hot with wilted spinach, drizzled liberally with bacon flecked vinaigrette. Herbed croutons? Count me in. What I’m saying is, I can eat a salad everyday and never get bored.

In the winter when fruit choices are minimal, I turn to this salad. Bitter arugula paired with tangy goat cheese, sweet pears, salty fried prosciutto, and garlic croutons brings the colors of summer into my winter kitchen. Being that I live in California, winter weather conditions ain’t that bad, and yes, I do wear sweaters and gloves when it’s in the 50’s.

The salad is drizzled in a tangy vinaigrette with punches of flavor from two of my favorite kitchen staples, the shallot and dijon mustard.

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Since this is a new blog for me, and I am basically trying to learn 5 million new things to get this puppy up and running, I turned to my pal the salad and found the much needed solace and comfort I was looking for.

The world of blogging is pretty intimidating, but even more so is the technical end of setting up a website. I am a bit of a perfectionist, type A nut job at times, and this site build is making me do all kinds of crazy stuff. I feel like I’m being sucked into a new world…and I love it. One amazing site I landed on in my research, and one that I would recommend to anyone struggling to create custom looking photos is canva. I landed on the canva site a frustrated and confused sack of disappointment and despair. After what seemed like countless hours of fruitless and crap design, canva quickly enabled me to design my own logo (beaming with pride). Thank you canva!

Now, go do yourself a favor and make this salad!!

Arugula Salad with Prosciutto
Serves 2
A winter salad with bitter Arugula, salty prosciutto, sweet pear, and tangy goats cheese.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
INGREDIENTS
For the salad
  1. 1 16 oz bag of arugula
  2. 4 oz Prosciutto, sliced
  3. 1/4 goat cheese crumbles
  4. 1 ripe pear, diced medium
For the vinaigrette
  1. 1/2 olive oil
  2. 1/4 white wine vinegar
  3. 2 Tbsp dijon
  4. 1 small shallot, diced
  5. salt & pepper to taste
For the croutons
  1. 2 slices of gourmet sandwich bread, cut into bite size pieces
  2. 1 Tbps olive oil
  3. 1-2 Tbps butter
  4. 2 cloves minced garlic
Vinaigrette
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously, set aside.
Croutons
  1. Heat olive and butter in a skillet (cast iron rocks) over medium low heat. Add bread cubes once butter foams and sizzles and toss to coat in the fats. Let them brown, stirring occasionally until they are crispy to your liking. Taste those babies! Once done, add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds and season with salt & pepper. Set aside on a towel lined plate. Wipe that skillet out and place over medium low heat and crispy the prosciutto for a couple minutes and remove from heat.
Assemble the salad
  1. Toss the arugula with some of your vinaigrette and plate. Sprinkle with your crispy prosciutto, crumbled goats cheese, diced pears, and crispy croutons. Drizzle a bit more vinaigrette and enjoy!
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    Sarah Winters
    January 6, 2017

    Delicious salad recipe. Will definitely be making this salad for my family again & visiting your blog to get more recipes!

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    thethinpig
    January 9, 2017

    Thanks Sarah!! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it!! It’s one of my all time faves!

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    Gennady Golovkin Fan
    February 12, 2017

    I find your blog to be exceptionally helpful and would be happy to make a small donation to keep the site going!

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