Italian Salad with Prosciutto, Peperoncini, and Parmesan + Weekly Menu

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When you don’t have kids of your own, predicting what’s kid-friendly and what’s not can be quite challenging. I often come to my conclusion based on whether or not Mr. Prevention would eat xyz food and that’s usually a pretty good indication of how kid-friendly it truly is.

That said, some kids are really good about eating vegetables. Some kids LOVE salads. Some kids, like my husband, do not LOVE salads…but we feed it to them once in awhile anyways.

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As you know, I don’t post an abundance of salads on my blog. I kind of think of them as no-brainer throw-together type recipes and the dressing is really what makes them great anyways. I’d say this is true in many instances, but sometimes, there’s salads that have that wow-factor. When you’re going back for seconds and thirds, you know something extraordinary is going on with that heap of raw lettuce (other than abundance of vitamins, minerals, and fiber).

Though I knew this salad would be a hit, Mr. Prevention wasn’t sold. He wanted to add pizza along side. If he was willing to do the leg work and clean-up, I was not going to stand in his way (P.S. I did see to it that he cleaned up the dishes and pizza pan afterwards.)

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Lo and behold, the pizza was a huge hit with Mr. P. I had halved the recipe, it was gone, and I was wishing that even for just the 2 of us, there was more to go around. For once, the pizza was the side and the salad was the main event. Huh. Faaascinating…

I know, pick my battles…

An upcoming dinnertime battle sounds like Buffalo Wild Wings will be involved. One is coming to our town this fall and judging by the stupid grin of over-excitement smeared across his face, nothing I make will compete with Buffalo Wild Wings…or at least until the novelty wears off. Sooner rather than later, let’s hope.

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Italian Salad with Prosciutto, Peperoncini, and Parmesan
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Serves: 6 (large side portions)
 
This indulgent salad is salty and full of flavor. A favorite for sure!
Ingredients
Dressing:
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1½ Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salad:
  • 2 romaine hearts, washed and chopped
  • 8 peperocini, stems removed, finely chopped
  • 3 oz prosciutto, torn into small pieces
  • ½ cup (1 oz) shredded Parmesan
Instructions
  1. To prepare the dressing, heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic cloves (in their peels) and toast until skins begin to blacken, turning often, about 5 minutes. Peel and mince garlic; transfer to a small bowl. Whisk in remaining dressing ingredients and set aside.
  2. Mix salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over the top and toss well. Serve within 1 hour.
Notes
Slightly adapted from The Way The Cookie Crumbles, as seen on A Taste of Home Cooking
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙th recipe Calories: 271 Fat: 23.3 Carbohydrates: 10.5 Sugar: 2.7 Sodium: 784 Fiber: 5.7 Protein: 9.8 Cholesterol: 19

 Weekly Menu: March 23th – 27th

I’m hoping to see Divergent today — loved the book!

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12 Comments

  1. Sue
    March 23, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    If all you had was minced garlic, could you use that and how would you handle it in this step of the recipe? Thanks!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      March 24, 2014 / 7:23 am

      Hi Sue, I made this salad again in a hurry and used garlic powder, about 1/4 teaspoon. I’d try that 🙂 Just mix, whisking well, with all other dressing ingredients and toss with salad.

  2. March 24, 2014 / 8:02 am

    That salad looks great! Love that it outshined the pizza! I have a whole house of salad eaters and we love homemade dressing!!!

  3. March 24, 2014 / 8:09 am

    So funny. When I saw the first picture and description, I immediately thought that it is like the salad I like to get when we have pizza. Then I see the pizza picture. Love it. This is the perfect combination in my mind. Fantastic salad and pizza.

  4. March 24, 2014 / 10:53 am

    Great salad! And it does go perfectly with a slice of pizza. I am hungry now!

  5. March 24, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    You had me at pepperoncini! 😀 I am making shrimp tacos for dinner tonight, might have to steal the Thursday meal link!

  6. Lizzie
    March 24, 2014 / 4:54 pm

    Yummmm! This looks great. I actually usually love the salads offered by pizza places! Lettuce + Italian meats =Yes. Did you see Divergent? I was also a major fan of the book series, but the movie fell very short for me. Blurgh.

  7. March 24, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    I have to agree with you on your salad philosophy, Nicole. And why is it a salad always tastes better when someone else makes it? lol I’d say men and kids pretty much have the same palate. 🙂

  8. March 25, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    I’m glad this was a hit, even with Mr. Prevention!

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