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Kim joins us after being our permanent sub on the Pomodori e Vino project. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think or The Amy Foundation.

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Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

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Plum, Prosciutto and Arugula Salad with Hazelnut Honey Dressing

By Kim

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 saladIngredients for the salad

From there, it all just fell together.

Plum, Prosciutto and Arugula Salad with Hazelnut Honey Dressing

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

Toast 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_salad.jpgPlum, Prosciutto and Arugula Salad

That's it.

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.

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Comments (7)

mindy:

Yay Kim!! I love that you're incorporating WW points into your recipes!! (I'm too lazy). I look forward to your further "Flavors" :)

It will be great to have recipes each week that accommodate a rather reduced rate of calories. I love recipes like this that feature ingredients in their as-close-to-nature-state as possible, so no cop-out at all. Will be nice to have some decadence tempered with some moderation and a few things in-between, don't you think? The salad is beautifully presented.

Irene:

Plums and Hazelnuts? Who Knew. Sounds tasty. I look forward to reading your slimmed down creations.

Terry:

That sounds and looks really good, Kim! I'm finding it hard to get plums now in the markets (season over), but I'm bookmarking this for next summer.

I just happened to have all of the ingredients on hand (including hazelnut grapeseed oil), so we had the salad for dinner, and it was delicious! Great first recipe, Kim!

Sounds great. Proscuitto and plums were great together.

Ray Anne:

I don't even like salad and I'm totally excited about this recipe. I, also, try to keep my commitment to Weight Watchers and am struggling with eating well and eating smart. Usually, I end up eating quick and with as few points as possible. Thanks for starting me in the right direction.

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