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
  • 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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About Salad with Prosciutto, Caramelized Pears, & Walnuts

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American

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