November 27, 2015 lyukum

Black Friday Salads: Greens, Pears, and Crispy Cured Meat

Greens, Pears, and Coppa Salad

My daughter found this recipe years ago and it became one of the favorite salads in our family. She always makes it following the original to the letter. I like variations. Three ingredients (I do not add cheese) — greens (with arugula or arugula only), fresh fruit slices (apple or pear), and crispy cured pork (panchetta, coppa, capocollo, proscuitto, bacon) — plus classic French salad dressing make a quick, delicious, beautiful, and light meal. I featured this salad last Wednesday on French Crepes Party for my neighbors. Judging by speed it was finished, everybody loved it. This salad is perfect for after-Thanksgiving light meal.

Arugula and Mixed Greens

The original recipe calls for arugula. I like mixing arugula with other colorful beautiful leafy greens. If you are a big fan of arugula like me, go for Trader Joe’s Wild Arugula in this salad.

Apples and Pears

Over the years I tried different varieties of apples and pears. My favorite choice is D’Anjou pears.

Cured Meats

Coppa or Capocollo are my favorite cured meats here for the looks. They can be substituted with more expensive and elegant prosciutto or down-to-earth bacon (see how I prep bacon for better presentation here). Cured meats should be sliced very thin and carefully fried till crisp. It takes a couple of minutes even if you make this salad for a big crowd. You just need a large skillet on medium heat and work batches, cooking one layer at a time. When done, place crispy slices on paper towel to remove extra fat. It can be done in advance. Keep crispy meat in airtight container till serving or serve immediately.

Dressing

I make a dressing for this salad to my taste. It is slightly different every time based on ingredients I have available. It is always a mix of mild smokey mustard, honey, wine vinegar or/and white fruity balsamic vinegar, and EV olive oil plus seasoning. When I use arugula only, there is no need for mustard component in the dressing.

Black Friday Salads: Greens, Pears, and Crispy Cured Meat
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Prep Time 5minutes
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Prep Time 5minutes
Servings portion
Ingredients
Units:
for salad
for dressing
Ingredients
Units:
for salad
for dressing
Instructions
  1. Whisk all ingredients for the dressing, adjust the taste. It should be pleasant sweet and sour, slightly pungent.
  2. Cook coppa slices.
  3. Core and slice pears. I use triple-washed pre-packed greens. If you grow your own or buy the on Farmers Market, wash and air dry them first. Place greens and pear slices in the bowl and add 2-3 tbsp of dressing. Toss and taste. You might not need to use all dressing you prepared.
  4. Serve salad with coppa slices on top, 2-3 per portion.
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Nutrition Facts
Black Friday Salads: Greens, Pears, and Crispy Cured Meat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 779mg 32%
Potassium 776mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 18g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 352%
Vitamin C 120%
Calcium 56%
Iron 39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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