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Insalata di rucola con pera e prosciutto

Insalata di rucola con pera e prosciutto ~ A wonderfully light salad that melds the tastes of pear, arugula, fennel, and prosciutto together in perfect unison.

Insalata di rucola con pera e prosciutto ~ The Complete Savorist

With all the heavy eating I’ve been doing lately, it’s time to lighten it up a bit.  My birthday wasn’t too long ago and I celebrated my day with several of my friends who happened to have birthdays either the week before or after mine.

It was a great night, I was surrounded by friends and family.  We had a homemade Italian dinner, which was the favorite of all the birthday people!

I was in charge of the salad and garlic bread portion of the meal.  I will make my bread for the blog someday…it’s wonderful and so not healthy. Nobody eats garlic bread to be healthy…

But I knew the entire meal was going to be heavy so I felt I should lighten things up a bit with a salad.  I’m not entirely certain how authentically Italian this salad is, but I gave it a fancy Italian name anyway.

A wonderfully light salad that melds the tastes of pear, arugula, fennel, and prosciutto together in perfect unison.

The Insalata di rucola con pera e prosciutto was such a hit that I have had to make it again.  It is light, but refreshing with the fresh fruit.  The dressing is not heavy, giving it just the right coating and texture.

The addition of Romano cheese and prosciutto is just to be fancy! The fennel, while strong all on its own, is perfectly balanced with the arugula and the pear.

I was really glad I made this as my contribution to the night because it helped balance out the heaviness of all the other Italian dishes.

Insalata di rucola con pera e prosciutto

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A wonderfully light salad that melds the tastes of pear, arugula, fennel, and prosciutto together in perfect unison.

Insalata di rucola con pera e prosciutto

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian, salad, side dish
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

 A wonderfully light salad that melds the tastes of pear, arugula, fennel, and prosciutto together in perfect unison.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. arugula (4-6 cups)
  • 1 small fennel bulb; thinly sliced
  • 1-2 ripe red pears , but not too ripe, slightly firm
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley; chopped
  • 2-4 oz shaved Romano cheese
  • 2-3 oz prosciutto; diced

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp shallot; finely diced
  • 1/8 tsp fresh garlic; finely minced
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prep all ingredients.

  2. Wash and dry greens.

  3. Add greens, fennel, pear, and parsley to a bowl and lightly toss.

  4. Add cheese and prosciutto to bowl. Toss and set aside.

Dressing

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk briskly to emulsify the dressing.
  2. Pour a small bit over the salad and toss.
  3. Continue to add dressing until salad has reached the desired coating.
  4. Serve immediately.

Insalata di rucola con pera e prosciutto ~ Arugula Salad with fennel, prosciutto, pear, and romano cheese ~ The Complete Savorist

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    October 30, 2014 at 9:07 am

    you ever come to Phoenix we are having a cooking fest!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Likewise if you ever come to Logan, UT!

  • Reply
    Kelly @ TastingPage
    October 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Love all the flavors you have here. I can’t wait to try!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

      It is a nice balance to all the HEAVY eating going on over here! Thank you.

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    KC the Kitchen Chopper
    October 30, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I love your unique combo. Arugula is my favorite green. I would roast my fennel for this. For me it’s just to strong a flavor. I think it would be delish with the pear and your lovely dressing. Pinned and stumbled! 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Roasted Fennel!!! Genius idea! Thank you.

  • Reply
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm
    October 30, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I love all the fresh crisp ingredients on this salad! Sure to cure a sugar hangover!! Sweet, salty and crunchy-YUM!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you Sophia! My favorite combos are salty, sweet and crunchy.

  • Reply
    christine
    October 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    This does sound like a nice lighter way to balance out the heavier portions of the meal. Very nice.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 30, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you Christine!

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    October 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Oh my! This looks so beautiful. I am going hunting for red pears this weekend. I am going to make a vegetarian version of this salad.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you HT! The crimson pears were utterly delectable. Buy an extra one or two to just savor.

  • Reply
    Ellen @ From Scratch
    November 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Love fresh fennel in a salad, and it would be great with the pear! Can’t wait to try this one!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you Ellen, I hope you love it.

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  • Reply
    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy
    November 7, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I love salads with prosciutto – they’re basically the only salads I get really excited to eat. 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      I know what you mean Michelle!

  • Reply
    Maggie
    November 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Great recipe! I like arugula and prosciutto, and the pear adds nice sweet flavor to the whole dish. Have to make this soon!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Oh thank you Maggie. If you make, let me know what you think.

  • Reply
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite
    December 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I have been craving salads lately and this one looks amazing.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you Meagan, it’s really good and simple too.

  • Reply
    Katie @ Recipe for Perfection
    August 25, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I love arugula! And I certainly get into phases where all I want to do is have a nice, light salad- especially after birthdays and holidays!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 25, 2015 at 8:36 am

      I know exactly what you mean, Katie.

  • Reply
    Lauren @ Wicked Spatula
    August 25, 2015 at 5:43 am

    This salad looks wonderful!I love arugula and prosciutto together.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 25, 2015 at 8:36 am

      It is a great combo, thank you Lauren.

  • Reply
    Joanie @ Zagleft
    August 25, 2015 at 9:52 am

    So many of my favorite flavors in this salad. Looks like the perfect meal!

  • Reply
    Dee Dee
    August 25, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I love the combo of the peppery arugula, the salty &of arty prosciutto, and the pop of the fennel. De-licious!

  • Reply
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    August 25, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I’d love to be presented with a plate of this salad! Lovely — I especially looooove the fennel in it — one of my favorite things!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 25, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Fennel and the pears were my two favorite elements…oh the cheese too.

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