Arugula Salad w/ Apricots, Goat Cheese & Crispy Prosciutto

Hello to you. [insert Oprah voice] And you and you and you. Hello to all 14 of you who read this blog.

My name is Jamie and I have an arugula problem.

Arugula Salad w/ Apricots, Goat Cheese & Crispy Prosciutto

Well, what really makes something a problem anyway? "Any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty."

Ok, I don't have a problem.  Phew.  But what I do have is another arugula salad for you.

I know what you're thinking...I'm pretty into arugula.  Well you'd be right and it's not because it's trendy.  Kale is soooo in right now.  But unlike kale, which has a more pronounced flavor and texture, arugula lends well to a wider array of other flavors and textures- especially something sweet.

Arugula Salad w/ Apricots, Goat Cheese & Crispy Prosciutto

This salad has it all:  peppery, crispy lettuce   sweet, firm fruit   tangy, creamy goat cheese  + salty, crunchy prosciutto.

Oh, and I added microgreens.  Micro-cilantro to be concise, but that part is optional.

Arugula Salad w/ Apricots, Goat Cheese & Crispy Prosciutto

The crispy prosciutto takes a bit of time but all I'll say is that I eat wayyyyy more salads when it's on hand.

Try it.

INGREDIENTS: (makes 2 appetizer portions)

  • 2 large handfuls of arugula
  • 2 apricots
  • 3 slices prosciutto
  • 2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 handful microgreens (optional; I used micro cilantro)
  • kosher salt, to taste

For the crispy prosciutto:

-Preheat oven to 300° F.
-On a parchment-lined sheet tray, place prosciutto slices and cook until dry, about 1½ hours.
-Cut or crack into very small “crumbs” and reserve.

For the salad:

-Cut apricots in half and remove pit.  Slice into ¼” thick pieces.
-In a large bowl, add the arugula, apricots, prosciutto, goat cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and kosher salt.
-Gently toss, just to coat the arugula.
-Plate; (if using microgreens, coat in residual dressing left in bowl then mount on top of salad).

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