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salad with prosciutto, caramelized pears, & walnuts

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Amanda Smith
Dunlap, IL

This is a fantastic recipe that consists of so many different flavors you will be very impressed. The combination of orange flavored vinaigrette and prosciutto will make your mouth happy. Side Notes: The vinaigrette makes a wonderful marinade for grilled chicken and pork. Granny Smith apple's work well as a substitute for the pears. Add a finishing touch by sprinkling some crumbled blue cheese or gorganzola on the salad.

(2 ratings)
yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 25 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For salad with prosciutto, caramelized pears, & walnuts

  • 2 c
    orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    dry white wine
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp
    salted butter
  • 2
    green anjou pears, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges
  • 1 c
    walnut halves
  • 1/2 c
    white sugar
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/4 lb
    prosciutto, cut into thin strips
  • 2
    romaine lettuce hearts, rinsed and torn

How To Make salad with prosciutto, caramelized pears, & walnuts

  • 1
    Heat the orange juice over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan, whisking often, until it is reduced by 1/4.
  • 2
    Add to blender, along with the vinegar, onion, 1 cup sugar, wine, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth.
  • 3
    Then, while blending on a low speed, slowly drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil to thicken the dressing.
  • 4
    Chill until ready to use.
  • 5
    Melt the salted butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  • 6
    Saute the pears and nuts in butter for 3 minutes.
  • 7
    Add 1/2 cup sugar and water and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown and caramelized.
  • 8
    Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • 9
    Combine the prosciutto, lettuce and the pear and walnut mixture in a medium bowl.
  • 10
    Add the pre-made vinaigrette and toss to coat.

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