Pear and Prosciutto Salad

This sophisticated spinach salad offers a pleasing mix of flavors and textures--sweet crisp pears, salty prosciutto, and crunchy walnuts--all drizzled with a fresh pear dressing.

Pear and Prosciutto Salad
Servings: 4 Prep 15 mins


  • 3 ripe pears (about 1-1/2 pounds total)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 6 ounce bag baby spinach
  • 1 3 ounce package thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into strips
  • 1/2 cup glazed walnuts (such as Emerald)
  • 1 ounce wedge Parmesan cheese

Make It

1. Cut pears in half and core them. Peel one pear half, cut into chunks and place in blender with vinegar, mustard, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Puree until smooth. With machine running, slowly pour in oil; set aside.

2. Cut remaining (unpeeled) pear halves into 1/2-inch wedges and place in a large bowl with the spinach. Pour the dressing over top and sprinkle with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Toss gently.

3. Place 1-1/2 cups of greens and pears onto each plate. Top each with 1/4 of the prosciutto and 2 tablespoons walnuts. Using a vegetable peeler, peel 5 strips of Parmesan cheese over each plate.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 465, Fat, total (g): 33, chol. (mg): 19, sat. fat (g): 5, carb. (g): 35, fiber (g): 6, pro. (g): 11, sodium (mg): 905, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.