The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Community News Network

May 27, 2013

Try something new: Spinach and prosciutto salad

This isn't Mom's bacon-dressed spinach salad.

The bacon has been replaced with a leaner, lighter and sweeter cured-pork product: prosciutto from Parma.

Toasted walnuts add crunch, and the combination picks up zing from a vinegary mix of sauteed onions and apples softened by a little maple syrup. I prefer just a hint of maple, but if you'd like a stronger maple taste, increase the amount of maple syrup you use.

MAKE AHEAD: The dressing can be made up to a day in advance. Bring it to room temperature before using. You might need to mix in a tablespoon of oil or water, your choice, to loosen it up.

Ingredients

- 3 tablespoons olive oil

- 1 small onion, finely diced (3/4 cup)

- 1 large tart apple, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice

- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or more to taste

- Kosher salt

- Freshly ground black pepper

- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

- About 10 ounces fresh baby spinach

- 6 thin slices Prosciutto di Parma (about 3 ounces total)

- 1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts (see NOTE)

Steps

Heat the oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion; reduce the heat to medium and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the onion just starts to soften, then stir in the apple.

Cook, stirring every minute or so, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the apple softens. It's okay if the onion browns a bit. Remove from the heat and transfer to a small bowl.

Mix in the maple syrup, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Let cool for 15 minutes, then stir in the vinegar. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Lay the spinach leaves out on a large shallow bowl or platter or individual shallow bowls. Tear the prosciutto into pieces about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide; distribute over and among the spinach leaves. Sprinkle the walnuts over the salad. Spoon the vinaigrette over and toss to coat evenly.

Serve immediately.

NOTE: Toast the nuts in a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat for a few minutes until fragrant and lightly browned, shaking the pan as needed to avoid scorching. Let cool before using.

Nutrition Per serving: 260 calories, 10 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 19 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 700 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber, 8 g sugar

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • linda-ronstadt.jpg Obama had crush on First Lady of Rock

    Linda Ronstadt remained composed as she walked up to claim her National Medal of Arts at a White House ceremony Monday afternoon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Can black women have it all?

    In a powerful new essay for the National Journal, my friend Michel Martin makes a compelling case for why we need to continue the having-it-all conversation.

    July 29, 2014

  • Dangerous Darkies Logo.png Redskins not the only nickname to cause a stir

    Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins, however, are far from being the only controversial mascot in sports history.  Here is a sampling of athletic teams from all areas of the sports world that were outside the norm.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • 'Rebel' mascot rising from the dead

    Students and alumni from a Richmond, Va.-area high school are seeking to revive the school's historic mascot, a Confederate soldier known as the "Rebel Man," spurring debate about the appropriateness of public school connections to the Civil War and its icons.

    July 28, 2014

  • Fast food comes to standstill in China

    The shortage of meat is the result of China's latest food scandal, in which a Shanghai supplier allegedly tackled the problem of expired meat by putting it in new packaging and shipping it to fast-food restaurants around the country

    July 28, 2014

  • wd saturday tobias .jpg Stranger’s generosity stuns Ohio veteran

    Vietnam War veteran David A. Tobias was overwhelmed recently when a fellow customer at an OfficeMax store near Ashtabula, Ohio paid for a computer he was purchasing.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 1.33.11 PM.png VIDEO: High-dive accident caught on tape

    A woman at a water park in Idaho leaped off a 22-foot high dive platform, then tried to pull herself back up with frightening results. Fortunately, she escaped with only a cut to her finger.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • CATS-DOGS281.jpg Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.-and all over the world

    We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • How spy agencies keep their 'toys' from law enforcement

    A little over a decade ago, federal prosecutors used keystroke logging software to steal the encryption password of an alleged New Jersey mobster, Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., so they could get evidence from his computer to be used at his trial.

    July 25, 2014

  • Russia's war on McDonald's takes aim at the Filet-o-Fish

    Russia said earlier this week that it had no intention of answering Western sanctions by making it harder for Western companies to conduct business in Russia.
    But all bets are off, apparently, when you threaten the Russian waistline.

    July 25, 2014