Last week I posted a roasted beet salad recipe, something I was trying out for a dinner party I was leading. While I really liked that salad, I thought it might be too “beety” for people who weren’t really sure if they liked beets or not. Using many of the same ingredients, I managed to make a completely different salad, which was even better!
I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to make, but I still searched the internet for a little direction. I’m always weary of salad with fruit in it, but if it’s paired with a tart vinaigrette, I’m usually sold. It’s the salad with fruit and a sweet dressing that just doesn’t work for my taste buds. This salad pairs the sweetness of apples, with the saltiness of the Serrano ham and Manchego cheese, evened out with the spicy arugula and cider vinaigrette.
I had leftover salad ingredients and was going out of town for the evening. My hubs was having a boys night with his bestie, and smoking some pork. I asked what else they were having with the pork, to which he responded, ” I don’t know, potatoes?” Classic. I put together the salad for them to have alongside their meat and potatoes, thinking they’d maybe have a little bit. Much to my surprise, they ate it all! Not only is this a great salad, but a salad men will eat when their wives aren’t even around!
Arugula and Apple Salad with Serrano Ham and Cider Vinaigrette
Source: Adapted from Serious Eats
For the Salad:
5 ounces arugula or baby arugula
1 crisp apple, such as Fuji
3 oz Serrano ham, thinly sliced (Prosciutto would work)
3 oz Manchego, thinly sliced
For the Vinaigrette:
2 tbsp cider vinegar
6 tbsp olive oil
2 teaspoons (real) maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Make the vinaigrette by whisking together vinegar, oil, syrup, Dijon and shallots in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Set aside.
2. Place arugula in serving bowl. Whisk the vinaigrette again until well combined, then and to the salad, little by little, until greens are well dressed. You may have a little left over. Right before serving, cut apple into thin slices and toss into salad along with Manchego and Serrano ham. Taste and adjust seasoning, then serve immediately.