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Arugula Salad with Country Ham, Pears, and Honey Vinaigrette

Make sure you remove not only the inedible rind but also any excess fat from the cooked country ham. The profound taste of that fat is just too strong, a poor match for the pears.–Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough

LC Note

Although the authors call for cooked country ham, we find it works well with almost any cooked ham.

Arugula Salad with Ham Recipe

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • Makes 2 entrees, 6 appetizers

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 2/3 pound (about 4 cups) baby arugula leaves
  • 6 ounces cooked ham, rind removed and discarded, meat thinly sliced and cut into strips
  • 1 large ripe Bartlett pear, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons toasted walnut oil (or, in a pinch, olive oil)

Directions

  • 1. Sprinkle the walnuts around a dry skillet set over medium-low heat. Leave them alone a couple minutes, then stir well and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, just until splotchy brown and fragrant. Pour them out onto a cutting board, cool for a few minutes, then chop into little bits.
  • 2. Mix the arugula, ham, and pear pieces in a large bowl.
  • 3. Whisk the lemon juice, vinegar, honey, and mustard in a small bowl, then whisk in the oil in a slow, steady stream until you’ve got a creamy, somewhat thick dressing.
  • 4. Pour the dressing over the arugula mixture, and then sprinkle the toasted walnut pieces on top.
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