Salad with Prosciutto, Caramelized Pears, & Walnuts

Amanda Smith


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 votes
25 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


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
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
romaine lettuce hearts, rinsed and torn


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

About Salad with Prosciutto, Caramelized Pears, & Walnuts

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American