Arugula Peach Salad with Crispy Serrano Ham & Meyer Lemon

Last night I prepped a new creation, with the urge to use some sweet and incredibly juicy native peaches I picked up from a local farmstead.

In the spirit of farm to table cooking, I love to use the freshest produce of the season, and peaches happen to be absolutely phenomenal this time of year!

Fresh mozzarella, shaved sweet onion, and arugula, along with crispy and salty serrano ham (a Spanish “proscuitto”) and sliced peaches, are tossed lovingly with a Meyer lemon vinaigrette.

Native peaches are my favorite fruit, but this might be my new favorite way to eat them!

 

Makes: 4 medium portions

The Ingredients

2 medium containers arugula

3 ripe yellow peaches, cut in 1/2 inch slices (skin on)

1 medium Vidalia onion, cut in paper thin slices

3/4 container of pearl-sized fresh mozzarella balls, drained

4 paper thin slices Serrano ham (or prosciutto)

1 Meyer lemon

~1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

~2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon soy sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

 

The Steps

In a large bowl, layer arugula, mozzarella balls, and onion.

For Meyer lemon vinaigrette: in a medium bowl, whisk together rice wine vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, juice of a Meyer lemon, and salt and pepper. Add dressing to large bowl. Toss.

Plate salad. Add peach slices on top of greens.

For crispy Serrano ham: in a small nonstick pan over medium heat, toss 1 inch pieces of Serrano ham for 6-7 minutes, until crispy and slightly golden. Make sure to keep tossing the ham so it crisps evenly!

Garnish salad with crispy Serrano ham.

 

The Steps with Pictures

In a large bowl, layer arugula, mozzarella balls, and onion.

For Meyer lemon vinaigrette: in a medium bowl, whisk together rice wine vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, juice of a Meyer lemon, and salt and pepper. Add dressing to large bowl. Toss.

Plate salad. Add peach slices on top of greens.

For crispy Serrano ham: in a small nonstick pan over medium heat, toss 1 inch pieces of Serrano ham for 6-7 minutes, until crispy and slightly golden. Make sure to keep tossing the ham so it crisps evenly!

Garnish salad with crispy Serrano ham.

 

 

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