Prosciutto, Peach, and Sweet Lettuce Salad

Prosciutto, Peach, and Sweet Lettuce SaladRecipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty
Serve this light main-course salad with a hunk of crusty baguette and a glass of chilled riesling. Choose ripe, juicy peaches, and leave the peel on for more texture. Ricotta salata is a milky, mild, slightly salty cheese that's easy to crumble; you can substitute feta or goat cheese.


4 servings (serving size: 1 salad)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 209
Fat 13.5 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 5.9 g
Polyfat 2.2 g
Protein 10.4 g
Carbohydrate 14.3 g
Fiber 2.1 g
Cholesterol 26 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 530 mg
Calcium 87 mg


2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
1 (6.5-ounce) package sweet butter lettuce mix
2 large ripe peaches, cut into wedges
3 ounces very thin slices prosciutto, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 ounces ricotta salata cheese, divided into 4 equal pieces
2 tablespoons dry-roasted sunflower seed kernels
Small mint leaves (optional)


1. Combine first 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Gradually drizzle in olive oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in chopped mint.

2. Combine lettuce mix and peach wedges in a large bowl. Drizzle lettuce mixture with dressing; toss gently to coat. Arrange about 2 cups salad in each of 4 bowls; top each serving with 3/4 ounce prosciutto, 1 piece of ricotta salata, and about 2 teaspoons sunflower seed kernels. Garnish with small mint leaves, if desired.

Wine note: With this salad, you need a wine that can take the sweetness of peaches and honey. Riesling's the ticket. It has a honeyed character built right in, and it adores cured pork. Apex Cellar's 2008 Riesling from Washington state's Columbia Valley (about $18) would be a great choice, with a spritz of lemon offsetting its off-dry stone fruit. --Sara Schneider


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