A Simple Spring Side: Prosciutto & Pea Salad

Apr 30, 2017

The farmers markets are beginning to open up, and my cravings for fresh, green produce has intensified. So with my muse being a particular food craving of my love for fresh green salad as he is currently working abroad and doesn’t have as many of the favorite foods readily available, when I came across this recipe in Bon Appétit magazine last month, I ripped it out to try at home. And I am happy that I did.

One of my favorite sections of Bon Appétit is r.s.v.p. in the front of the magazine in which readers write in requesting a particular recipe from a favorite restaurant. Inspired by Houston’s Coltivare restaurant, the contrast of brilliant colors, as well as the mere mention of prosciutto, had me nodding my head as a wonderful new spin on a fresh green spring-time salad. After all, what doesn’t go well with prosciutto?

As luck would have it, Maille had just sent me one of their new gourmet mustards to try: Chardonnay white wine and white truffle from alba, and let me just say, that extra something special adds a luxurious finish to this spring salad. Now don’t worry, if you do not have this particular Dijon mustard, their original is my go-to for everything that calls for a teaspoon of Dijon, and it can be found in just about any grocery market. As I shared in this recipe last year, Maille’s mustards provide a subtle, silk finishing flavor that isn’t found in any other mustards I’ve tried, and since being introduced to the brand via Susan Hermann Loomis, it is my go-to brand.

And now, welcome to spring! I do hope you enjoy.

Prosciutto & Pea Salad

Simply LuxuriousSimply Luxurious
A simple fresh spring salad that will taste as delicious as it looks.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice fresh
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard Maille is my favorite
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 1/4 cups peas fresh English (thawed frozen in a pinch)
  • 12 ounces sugar snap peas trimmed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 ounces arugula about 6 cups
  • 4 ounces prosciutto thinly sliced

Instructions
 

The vinaigrette

  • In a large bowl, whisk with a fork lemon juice and mustard. Gradually add the olive oil, whisking until emulsified
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

The greens

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • Blanch the peas: Working in batches if necessary depending upon the size of your pot (one layer of peas per blanch), cook green peas and sugar snap peas until crisp, but tender - about 2 minutes a batch.
  • Upon taking the peas out with a wire mesh, place them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and maintain the brilliant green color.
  • Drain and pat dry the peas.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the vinaigrette on the bottom.
  • Add the arugula, sugar snap peas and English peas on top of the vinaigrette.
  • Toss until coated well with the vinaigrette.
  • Season as needed with salt and pepper.

Salad Presentation

  • Arrange the salad on a platter.
  • Top with small narrow slices of prosciutto.
  • Pair with your favorite main dish, a loaf of fresh, crusty artisanal bread, a glass of crisp white wine or rosé and bon appétit!

 

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6 thoughts on “A Simple Spring Side: Prosciutto & Pea Salad

  1. Love love love all these ingredients! What an exhilarating salade, it is now on the weekend lunch menu! Thank you, Shannon! XOXO

  2. I have been craving this since I saw the Insta story! I finally had a chance to get the ingredients yesterday, but was too tired to make it last night. So I got up early this morning to make it, and now I get to have it for breakfast AND lunch! It’s so delicious, thank you for sharing Shannon.

  3. Sooooooo excited to try this! Looks like another trip to Whole Foods 😉 Also love the new recipe format…thanks, Shannon!

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