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Warm Pear Salad with Crispy Prosciutto and Burrata

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Prosciutto Burratta and Warm Pear Salad | Boxwood Avenue

I'm not sure if I've confessed this or not here on Boxwood, but I hate salads. Yep, it basically sucks. I'd love to eat healthy every day, by choosing fresh salads for lunch and dinner, but that just isn't gonna happen for me. In fact, I generally only eat a salad for either the crutons or the cheese. The exception to this rule, is if there something warm on the salad, that way, I don't feel like I'm munching on cold lettuce leaves like a rabbit. Taco salads are my favorite, but ordering them without the shell and sour cream gives me actual physical pain, so I generally try to stay away from them. 

Earlier this month, I finally got to meet face-to-face with my wedding planner, Jamie, from A Savvy Event. Let me tell ya, she rocks! We met at my wedding venue, and had a light lunch. There were many great options on the menu that did not involve cold lettuce leaves, but they did involve lots of bread, which I am trying to stay away from until the wedding. (Side note - why is it so hard to stay away from bread!?) 

In an attempt to make a 'healthy' choice, I ordered the grilled peach salad, and I'm not sure if it was the champagne talking, but I loved it. So, I suppose warm salads are my new favorite. It was so good, that I wanted to recreate a version of it at home, and dang, it is yummy! 

Prosciutto Burratta and Warm Pear Salad | Boxwood Avenue

Warm Pear Salad with Crispy Prosciutto and Burrata

Ingredients: 

  • Prosciutto
  • Burrata (or fresh mozzarella)
  •  1 ripe pear 
  • 1 tablespoon warm honey 
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice) 
  • Fresh Greens 

Step 1: In a small mason jar, combine oil, vinegar, and honey. Cover, and shake very well. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Step 2: In a frying pan, crisp prosciutto the same way you would cook bacon. Be careful that it doesn't burn!! Nothing tastes worse than burnt prosciutto. Add a little olive oil if needed. 

Step 3: Once prosciutto is crisp, remove from the frying pan, and set aside. Slice your pear in 1/4" sections and place directly into the same frying pan you used for the prosciutto. Turn the heat to low and let the pear warm up / soak up some of the prosciutto grease. 

Step 4: Toss your lettuce with the dressing you prepared in step one. Layer the greens on a salad plate. Top with prosciutto, pears, and torn burrata bits. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Burrata is a very mild cheese that is SO DELICIOUS! However, it's kind of hard to find, I found mine at Whole Foods and paid an arm and a leg for it. I think fresh mozzarella would be just as delicious! 

Prosciutto Burratta and Warm Pear Salad | Boxwood Avenue