Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! I'm so excited. This is my first time posting as a regular contributor (as opposed to my sub status in Pomodori e Vino. So, if you read our intro, you know the deal. We've chosen 52 ingredients and based upon the ingredient combinations in the Flavor Bible, we'll each week be creating (and making) seven different recipes for that ingredient. As you may know, this week's ingredient is Plums.
Now here's my first confession (and I fear there will probably be many more over the next 51 weeks), I didn't make this dish this week. I made it a few weeks ago when I still had summer plums in my fridge and I had some arugula about to go. Cindy told me the first week would be plums, and before I had a chance to buy the book (I own it now), what ingredients would go with plums and immediately a salad popped into my head.
Ingredients for the salad
From there, it all just fell together.
Plum, Prosciutto and Arugula Salad with Hazelnut Honey Dressing
- 2 plum, sliced thin (and seriously, make this in season when plums are good - mine was slightly firm which I think made for easier slicing)
- 4 ounces prosciutto (sliced thin)
- a whole lot of baby arugula (I bought one of those big plastic containers with it pre-washed)
- 1 oz chopped hazel nuts
- 4t hazelnut oil
- 4t lemon juice
- 4 t honey
- dash of kosher salt
DirectionsToast the chopped hazelnuts in a small, non-stick skillet over medium heat until you get a whiff of them and they have a light brown color (it doesn't take long and be careful not to burn them). In a large bowl put the arugula, prosciutto, sliced plums. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, honey and salt together. Toss with salad. Divide among four plates and sprinkle with toasted hazel nuts (of course, you can make this on individual plates too and be very fancy with your presentation).
Plum, Prosciutto and Arugula Salad
I know, kind of easy and a bit of a cop out ... maybe. But really, when you have good, fresh ingredients, you really don't (shouldn't) work to hard with them.
Oh, and one more confession (see, told you there would be more), I'm member of Weight Watchers, trying to lose a bunch of weight. One of the things I like about this challenge is I create the recipe, so I can curtail it to my dietary needs and this recipe came in at 6 Points Plus per serving. Which reminds me, this is a lightly dressed salad, you may want to consider making more dressing but keep the proportions of the dressing ingredients the same.