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Spinach Prosciutto Salad with Honey Orange Dressing

July 16, 2009

This simple, yet delicious salad is perfect for a hot summer day. The refreshing notes of the oranges and lemons give the salad a cool citrus taste, while the honey sweetens up the tangy flavor. I was inspired to make this salad from a recent episode of Everyday Italian by Giada where she used prosciutto to top a spinach salad. It was so incredibly simple, yet extremely tasty and flavorful from the dressing. I think my favorite part of this salad is eating the crispy hot  prosciutto with a bite of spinach. The saltiness of the prosciutto contrasts the sweetness of the honey in the dressing. I think prosciutto might be my new favorite ingredient to play with. It is leaner than bacon, but still produces that nice crispy texture and saltiness as bacon. Unfortunately, it is not friendly on my wallet, as I could probably buy an entire chicken for the same price I would pay for 6 slices of prosciutto. Oh well, it’s definitely an indulgence, good thing I still have a couple more slices left! I’m thinking a Spaghetti alla Carbonara?!

Spinach Prosciutto Salad with Orange Zest Dressing

Serves 2

  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6-8 ounces pre-washed spinach

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place the prosciutto slices on a baking sheet and bake until just crisp, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

3. In a blender, combine the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.

4. To serve, put the spinach in a large bowl. Toss with enough of the vinaigrette to coat the spinach. Sprinkle with the crisp prosciutto crumbles, toss again, and serve. Optional toppings: black olives, cherry tomatoes and corn

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