Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Blogger Clue July ~ Arugula Salad with Figs, Prosciutto, Walnuts, and Parmesan


Arugula Salad with Figs, Prosciutto, Walnuts, and Parmesan
It’s Blogger C.L.U.E. time again! For the month of July, our “clue” or theme is Summer Barbecues. The best part about Blogger C.L.U.E. is getting to meet my fellow food bloggers, by snooping around their blog, reading some of their posts, and finding some yummy recipes to make. This month, I spent time getting to know Kate of Kate’s Kitchen. Not only does she have a lovely blog, with delicious recipes, but if she were my neighbor, I would love sharing a glass of iced tea with her on my deck. She is definitely a kindred spirit. Recently Kate moved into a new house. I loved reading about her adventures in moving. For some time now, we have been contemplating a move. I shudder with fear, at the daunting task of packing up all the “stuff” I have collected through the years.


The sweet-salty taste of this salad was marvelous…I added some tomatoes to mine

Kate lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. She works as a Financial Planner, but her passion is cooking. Kate, your passion shines through, with all those sensational recipes you've shared on your blog. She also shares my love of gardening. For me, it’s all about the peaceful feeling I get while working in the soil, and the satisfaction from seeing something grow and flourish! My garden is a place of solace. And the rewards are wonderfully fresh veggies, and berries all summer long! 


Perfect as a dinner salad, I served mine with grilled steak, or in a big bowl at your barbecue

Perusing Kate’s blog, I found several recipes I would love to make, and serve to my family.  Many, perfect for a Barbecue, like her Blueberry Watermelon Salad with mint and lemon. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? It was tough picking just one recipe for this post, but I had to do it…so I chose Kate's Arugula Salad with Figs, Prosciutto, Walnuts, and Parmesan. This one grabbed my attention immediately. Arugula is one of my favorite greens; I love the peppery bite it has. And figs, I adore figs. This recipe uses dried figs, which I always have on hand…it’s a Mediterranean thing! Prosciutto, walnuts and Parmesan round it out…giving this salad an incredible sweet-salty structure that was simply mouthwatering! Even my picky eater loved it…he said, and I quote, “This is one of the best salads you’ve ever made”! Wow! Thanks Kate, it’s not too often that happens!

Simply mouthwatering


ARUGULA SALAD WITH FIGS, PROSCIUTTO, WALNUTS, AND PARMESAN
Cooks Illustrated
SERVES 6

Although frying the prosciutto adds crisp texture to the salad, if you prefer, you can simply cut it into ribbons and use it as a garnish. Honey can be substituted for the jam. 

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into ¼-inch-wide ribbons
1 tablespoon raspberry jam
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ cup dried figs, stems removed, fruit chopped into ¼-inch pieces 
1 small shallot, very finely minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  salt and ground black pepper
5 ounces lightly packed stemmed arugula (about 8 cups)
½ cup toasted, chopped walnuts
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved into thin strips with vegetable peeler
 
DIRECTIONS 

1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat; add prosciutto and fry until crisp, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper-towel-lined plate and set aside to cool.

2. Whisk jam and vinegar in medium microwave-safe bowl; stir in figs. Cover with plastic wrap, cut several steam vents in plastic, and microwave on high until figs are plump, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in remaining 3 tablespoons oil, shallot, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine. Let cool to room temperature.
3. Toss arugula and vinaigrette in large bowl; adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Divide salad among individual plates; top each with portion of prosciutto, walnuts, and Parmesan. Serve immediately.




Check out what the other Blogger Clue members came up with for this months theme…Barbecues!  

20 comments:

  1. I love all the ingredients you have used here. It's a scrumptious salad!

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  2. I love Kate! And I'm always envious of her when she talks about her garden; so many wonderful herbs and veggies right at her fingertips. You made a perfect choice with this salad. I think it's the kind of thing my whole family would devour too.

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  3. This looks so summery and delicious! Our family would really enjoy it!

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  4. What a great combination of ingredients! I can see right away why this would become a favorite!

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  5. Oh, my gosh, this is one gorgeous salad! And full of SO many yummy ingredients. I can't wait to try it!!

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  6. Gorgeous salad and photos! This is a salad we would love to eat year round. Fortunately figs are in season for us now, so this will probably appear very soon.

    We've been toying with the moving idea too - so overwhelming to think about!

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  7. I love every component of this salad. It is definitely going on my to make list.

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  8. I just want to make that dressing with the figs, but I love everything about this salad. I need to stock the pantry with some dried figs

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  9. What a PERFECT salad to bring to a BBQ - it simply sings summer! Will be making soon!

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  10. I had also contemplated making the watermelon blueberry salad last month but how did I miss this one?! Another gorgeous salad! Great choice, Kathy!

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  11. Looks delicious and beautiful. I am going to have to get to know Kate as I just "met" her through the Weekend in a French Kitchen group...and she lives in the same city as I do! :-) What could be better with Kate and Kayte from Indianapolis, Indiana, right? :-)

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    1. Sounds great to me! I wish I was closer to Indiana…would love to meet you, Kayte! Someday!

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  12. Oh wow!! This is totally my kind of salad. I'm on a bit of an arugula obsession at the moment, and the fig/walnut combo just puts it over the top. Fabulous choice!

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  13. Now THIS is a salad - I try to use arugula in mostly every salad I make - and figs and walnuts with it - perfection!

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  14. Love everythibng about this salad, my garden is my solace here....change is hard.

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  15. Figs, proscuitto and walnuts are 3 of my favourite things - what a delicious salad.

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  16. Love using jam to macerate the figs! Great salad.

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  17. I agree with Bill, this is one delicious salad. And, believe it or not, I always have these things on hand also. Well, maybe not the Prosciutto. Easy to make such for one, also. Kathy, this salad is so pretty. Beautifully photographed. Nice job.

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  18. Thank you Kathy! I so remember finding that recipe when Connie and I were in the car heading home. It's an amazing salad and I should make it more often!

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