Tales from kitchen and cellar

Prosciutto and Spinach Salad

In Cooking, food, Food and Drink on April 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

Shiny Tasty Salad

Looking back on this week’s blogs I thought maybe it was time to step away from the sugar and toward the healthy, fresh and tasty. At last the sun is shining in this little corner of southern England and it would seem Spring is…well, springing! So what better way than to celebrate with a delicious lunch of spring greens, tomatoes and or course a good quality proscuitto.

Like many cooks I cannot stress enough the importance of a good ingredients and my local market provided all the inspiration I needed. The spinach so green and verdant begged to be bought. The tomatoes on the vine although a little early were as succulent as any I have seen in the summer months. A really good quality prosciutto makes this salad and of course a decent extar virgin olive oil finishes the dish off.

It’s a simple salad that can be adapted to whatever you have to hand some radicchio would add a nice bitterness or some creamy mozzarella would add clean colour and texture. Some toasted hazelnutes too would add crunch and would be pleasing to the eye.

This recipe is more a list of ingredients that you can adjust in quantity depending on your and taste.

Ingredients for one

Handful or two of baby spinach leaves

2 gardeners delight tomato or if you see them heirloom tomatoes

Small handful of frisee lettuce

2-3 slices prosciutto

For the dressing

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon vinegar

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Method

Wash the salad leave and chop the tomatoes, add extra herbs such as basil if required.

Mix the mustard with the salt and pepper (to taste) whisk with white wine vinegar and then add the oil whisking a little in at a time. If to acidic for your taste add a pinch of sugar.

Dress the salad with the vinaigrette. Place the prosciutto or similar style ham on top and dress with a little more extra virgin olive oil. Garnish as you like with other goodies such as mozzarella, nuts, or baby shoots.

Enjoy.

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