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Baby Artichoke and Prosciutto Salad with Leek Vinaigrette

Number of servings (yield): 4 to 6
Recipe Level: Intermediate

Simple to make, yet complexly seasoned, here’s a prosciutto salad with a lot of exciting flavors at play. With Prosciutto di Parma setting the canvas for the entire plate, there’s still so much more to savor. You’ll taste a tad of sweetness from leeks and honey, along with a nice acidity from balsamic vinegar and lemon. Sun-dried tomatoes and Grana Padano cheese serve as an added treat, infusing the artichoke and arugula with fantastic zest. Cheers to a prosciutto salad that nails a natural balance of sweet and tart. We love topping it off with a little extra vinaigrette!

  • 6 baby artichokes, trimmed and halved
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 small leek, white part only, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup bite-size pieces frisee lettuce
  • 6 slices Prosciutto di Parma
  • 1 oil-packed sun dried tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup shaved Grana Padano

In a large pot of boiling water, cook artichokes until tender. Drain and let cool. In a medium bowl combine artichokes, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper; set aside.

In a medium pan over medium low heat, melt butter. Add leek, stirring frequently, until golden brown; remove from heat. In a blender add leeks, vinegar, honey, mustard and remaining 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Puree the mixture, scraping down with a spatula occasionally. Add remaining 6 tablespoons olive oil to the blender. Puree until smooth.

In a large bowl toss arugula, frisee, and 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette. Place greens in the center of a serving plate. Add Prosciutto di Parma, sun dried tomatoes, shaved Grana Padano and artichokes around the greens. Drizzle with a tablespoon of the remaining vinaigrette.


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