My Pear and Crispy Prosciutto Salad makes for a delicious side salad that’s perfect with an ‘anytime’ meal or for an interesting option at your next dinner party. Grilled or baked pear slices are mixed with toasted pecans, goat cheese and arugula with an amazing crispy prosciutto and a balsamic ginger dressing. Wanna really do something different? Serve this salad with your Thanksgiving or holiday meal – your guests will thank you!
If you don’t have a grill you can bake the pear slices in the oven. They are brushed with the salad dressing before cooking so they take on a delicious flavor and natural sweetness.
After eating this salad, I wondered why I had never cooked pears before now. The sweet pears, crispy prosciutto, tangy goat cheese and toasted pecans, make the best taste combination.
Pears are usually sold under-ripe, which is great for this recipe. If you try and grill ripe pears they will flop and fall apart. Anjous pears that are still firm are the perfect type for cooking, but not all supermarkets carry all varieties so any firm pear that you can find is perfect.
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Sweet, baked or grilled pear slices are mixed with toasted pecans, goat cheese and arugula, all topped off with crispy prosciutto and a lime, balsamic, ginger dressing
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons light agave nectar or honey
¼ teaspoon grated ginger
Small pinch of salt and ground black pepper to taste
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup (201 grams) pecan halves
4 slices Prosciutto di Parma
4 firm pears of your choice, sliced 1/8 inch thick
4 ounces (113 grams) goat cheese
Salad greens of your choice, I used baby spinach and arugula
To a mixing bowl combine the lime, balsamic vinegar, agave or honey, ginger, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil, set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C.
To a small sauté pan, add the pecans over medium-low heat. Toast the pecans until browned and fragrant, about 3 minutes per side. Keep an eye on them.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the prosciutto slices evenly spaced. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes or until crispy, remove and allow to cool on baking sheet.
To grill the pears:
Preheat a grill (or indoor grill pan) over medium high heat. Brush both sides of the pear slices with the salad dressing. Grill the pears for 2 minutes on each side, remove and set aside and allow to cool.
To bake the pears:
Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C. Brush both sides of the pear slices with the dressing and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, remove and allow to cool.
To a large mixing bowl add the salad greens and toss with the salad dressing, reserving some to add later.
Divide the greens amongst 4 dishes. Divide the pecans between the 4 dishes. Arrange the cooled pear slices on the salad and top with the goat cheese.
Crumble the prosciutto in your hands and sprinkle over the salads. Top with more dressing if needed.
17 Comments on “Pear and Crispy Prosciutto Salad”
This might be on our Christmas menu with the addition of pomegranate seeds to create the red green for Christmas!
This is a delicious idea for Christmas and the pomegranate seeds will make it so festive. Enjoy.
Hate it when people “rate” a recipe by saying “I want to try this.” Ugh!!
Can you grill pears ahead if time if taking to potluck?
You can grill the pears ahead of time, just keep them refrigerated until you are ready to take them to the potluck. Enjoy.
A very good salad. Brushing the dressing on the pears before grilling is really good and so is the dressing. I used romaine because I couldn’t find arugula
Thank you for the feedback. It’s my favorite way to enjoy pears.
Yum! This looks so good. Pinned this to make later
This wants me to start grilling pears, looks delicious.
This looks so delicious! Pears is one of Grumpy’s favs and I absolutely love the pecans in this and the grilled pear is something I have never had but looking at it, definitely want to try also!
Beautiful salad: healthy, tasty… I will definetely give it a try!
What a beautiful summer salad! We love grilling pears! Thank you for another wonderful dish!
What an amazing salad! So fresh and flavorful! I love the grilled pears! I must try this when my pears are ripe!
Wow, I’m definitely going to grill my fruit and prosciutto for this delicious summer salad. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I’m getting hungry just thinking about making this.
Love this salad! We grilled peaches for a similar salad last summer, now I know it can be done with other succulent fruits as well. Thanks for sharing this beauty!
What a gorgeous salad! This is perfect for a summer meal. Can’t wait to try this recipe!
This looks and sounds absolutely wonderful! You basically had me at goat cheese and prosciutto! lol