This salad with proscuitto recipe turned out to be the easiest and most tasty summer salad ever! Definitely a last minute side dish but here it is, an official berries prosciutto and cheese salad. Served with our family favorite Sunday lamb roast. Not your regular roast side dish but we're all about flavor combinations. Great examples of our flavor profile recipes; Instant Pot Gammon with cranberry, Spinach and Berry Salad (berry dressing) or Tomato Pesto Tart. To name but a few.
Certainly refreshing and although it was 'last minute' I simply had to share it with you. The taste is anything but boring. Perhaps you are reading this as an anosmic like me, then give this recipe a try. More and more people are experiencing a lack of smell or taste and challenging the taste buds is vital.
As summer approaches, there's nothing quite like a refreshing and vibrant salad to satisfy your taste buds. The combination of the sweetness of ripe berries with the savory notes of prosciutto and the creamy richness of cheese creates a mouthwatering salad that's perfect for a light lunch or as a delightful side dish for your next outdoor gathering.
There is no need for any particular dressing because it might take away from the existing flavors. For this reason, I've suggested (as we enjoyed it) a few classic ingredient options:
extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon, sea salt and balsamic vinegar. Maple syrup and honey for extra sweetness apart from the the natural sweetness of the fruit.
Ingredients For Berry Prosciutto Salad
When the recipe is simple, the ingredients have to shine in terms of quality and seasonal freshness.
Blueberries and strawberries: Any berries work and if you have blackberries (my aboslute fav) take them!
Greens: Baby spinach and rocket but any other greens that you prefer. You can skip these two and use your own favorite greens (options in the recipe card).
Prosciutto crudo: Use any high quality cold meat.
What is Proscuitto Crudo?
Prosciutto is the Italian word for ham. Prosciutto crudo means 'raw ham'.
Blue cheese: The blue cheese brought a beautiful bright and sharp taste. All you need is a little piece to balance the natural sugars from the fruit. It really is a mouthwatering taste!
I wish I had more photos for you of the process of this prosciutto salad but alas I don't. A picture tells a thousand words so its a matter of getting it all into a bowl.
How To Make Berries Prosciutto and Cheese Salad?
Here is an abbreviated version but you can find the full recipe in the recipe card below.
1. Prepare the Greens: Wash and thoroughly dry the mixed greens. Place them in a large salad bowl, ensuring they're ready to be the base for our delicious salad.
2. Wash and Prep the Berries: Rinse the strawberries and blueberries under cold water. Pat them dry gently with a paper towel. Slice the strawberries and set aside.
4. Assemble the Salad: Layer the mixed greens in your salad bowl as a base for your salad, add the washed and cleaned berries and add the prosciutto with any additonals like nuts or seeds.
8. Serve and Enjoy: Best served fresh. Enjoy!
FAQ's Blueberries, Strawberries and Greens in Salads
Is washing berries and greens for a salad important?
Yes. I will never understand why people don't wash salad greens and fruit before eating? Unless it says on the packet 'washed, ready to eat' you should probably wash it.
Why should you wash your salad greens and fruit?
Because it removes pesticides, dirt, and mold. Unless you have not checked your greens, you will see evident reasons to wash it.
What fruit goes into a salad?
There is a wide variety of fruit that goes into salads but it's always best to stick to your seasonal choices for optimal taste. They are more fresh, affordable and nutritionally beneficial.
How To Dry Your Salad Greens and Fruit
Give them a rinse in a colander or steamer rack, works fine and let them drip dry. I love using our salad spinner to dry the greens because it does a fantastic job! If you don't have a salad spinner, a colander with the drip dry method works great too. Kitchen tissue paper has invaluable uses, one of the them is drying your fruit, veg and herbs.
This Berries, Prosciutto, and Cheese Salad is a delightful combination of sweet and savory, making it a perfect choice for warm summer days or as a lovely addition to any meal. The colors, textures, and flavors will certainly make it a crowd-pleaser. So, gather your fresh ingredients, and enjoy a taste of summer with this delightful salad!
More Summer Salads To Enjoy
If you loved this 'last minute' berries prosciutto and cheese salad recipe then I know you'll love these too!
Berries Prosciutto And Cheese Salad
- 2 cups mixed greens (such as baby spinach, arugula, or spring mix)
- 250 grams 1 cup of fresh strawberries, halved
- 1 cup fresh blueberries (or raspberries, blackberries)
- 4 - 6 slices high-quality prosciutto
- ½ cup blue cheese (or your favorite cheese; goat cheese, feta, or gorgonzola) cubed or crumbled
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tbsps balsamic
- 1 tablespoon honey
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- nuts and seeds for crunch
- Prepare the Greens: Wash and thoroughly dry the mixed greens. Place them in a large salad bowl, ensuring they're ready to be the base for our delicious salad.2 cups mixed greens (such as baby spinach, arugula, or spring mix)
- Wash and Prep the Berries: Rinse the strawberries and blueberries under cold water. Pat them dry gently with a paper towel. Slice the strawberries in halves and set aside.250 grams 1 cup of fresh strawberries, halved, 1 cup fresh blueberries (or raspberries, blackberries)
- Assemble the Salad: Start by layering the mixed greens in your salad bowl. Then, artfully arrange the fresh berries, cheese, and nuts and seeds (if you choose to use them) on top.½ cup blue cheese (or your favorite cheese; goat cheese, feta, or gorgonzola) cubed or crumbled, nuts and seeds for crunch
- Create the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and black pepper until well combined.¼ cup olive oil, 2 tbsps balsamic, 1 tablespoon honey, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Drizzle and Toss: It's best to give everyone the chance to dress their own salad however if you do dress it: Just before serving, drizzle the dressing over the salad. Be mindful not to overdo it; you can always add more if needed. Gently toss the salad to ensure the dressing is evenly distributed.
- Garnish with Prosciutto: Finish the salad by scattering the prosciutto pieces over the top, adding a layer of saltiness and crunch.4 - 6 slices high-quality prosciutto
- Serve and Enjoy: Serve your Berries, Prosciutto, and Cheese Salad immediately. It's best enjoyed fresh, as the flavors and textures are at their peak.