Blackberry and Prosciutto salad

by Jeanne on October 9, 2009

in Recipes - fruit, Recipes - gluten-free, Salads

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Where is this year going? October already, and haven’t posted even half my summer recipes… And even worse, I have only a few weeks left to go on my 4-day-week regimen and then t’s back to proper full-time employment.  Sob!

I was trying to remember today what exactly it is that I’ve done with all my days off.  I certainly went to gym more than usual.  I made a last-minute appointment for the hairdresser and got my pick of time slots.  I went on holiday for at least 2 of them (to Italy and Germany). I unpacked boxes of stuff from storage.  I made trips to the charity shop, laden with old clothes and goodies.  I entertained my old friend Duncan who arrived from South Africa unexpectedly. I sat in the sun in my new garden rather a lot. And, more than once, I foraged for blackberries.

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I wrote about my total lack of foraging knowledge previously and although I’m still not much the wiser, I did receive a ton of responses to my pleas to identify these fruit.  On a balance of factors (their size, shape, bitterness, and the fact that they grow on thorny shrubs), I have concluded that they are sloes – thanks to all of you who helpfully sent information!  Sloe gin to follow later this year ;-)  For the most part, though, my foraging has been confined to mirabelles and blackberries.

A couple of Fridays ago, the weather (unlike now!) was hot and sunny and all I wanted for lunch was a salad.  I had a good haul of blackberries and some leftover Prosciutto in the fridge, so this salad seemed a natural progression.  I don’t know why blackberries and Prosciutto are not partnered more often as I can think of few more appealing flavour combinations – just think of the blackberry flavours of the dry red Lambrusco of Emilia Romagna, home of Prosciutto. The salad did not disappoint:  all the crunchy goodness of a green salad, the silken saltiness of the Prosciutto, offest nicely by the sweetness of the rich, ripe berries.  Don’t stint on the oil and vinegar – use the best you can afford because their flavours will really shine in this salad.

If you still have access to fresh blackberries, I urge you to try this salad as soon as possible – it’s a long way to go until the next season :)

Here are some other blogger recipes using fresh fruit:

 

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BLACKBERRY AND PROSCIUTTO SALAD (serves 2)

For printable recipe, click here.

Ingredients

baby gem lettuce
cucumber
2 ripe vine tomatoes
a handful of cress
2 sprigs of fresh basil (optional)
1 cup fresh blackberries
6 slices Prosciutto (or similar air-dried ham)
extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar
Maldon sea salt and pepper to taste

Method

Wash and shred/chop enough lettuce for two people and chop about 5cm of a cucumber.  Toss in a salad bowl and add the vine tomatoes sliced into thin wedges, as well as the cress.  Toss to mix.

Plate the salad and top each plate with 3 slices of Prosciutto and half the blackberries.  Garnish with the sprig of basil, if using. Drizzle with oil and vinegar, season with salt and freshly ground black peppe.  Serve immediately.

(Featured on the Saveur website)

And don’t forget to check out my gourmet guide to Cape Town, South Africa, that appeared on my dear friend Johanna‘s blog last week!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

nina October 10, 2009 at 7:28 am

The natural light on those pictures are just beautiful and so is the salad….

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Fiyola October 10, 2009 at 2:24 pm

This is a perfect summer salad! Unlike in London, It is still balmy and sunny here in NY (despite it being October and possibly because of climate change) so I will be trying out your recipe for lunch. Thanks.

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Bellini Valli October 10, 2009 at 6:18 pm

How soon you forget that you also donwed a shotr of tequila now and then as well Jeanne:D Somehow I missed blackberry season altogether this year since they are only available on the coast..how I miss them!!!

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Kevin October 10, 2009 at 6:34 pm

What a nice fresh and tasty looking salad! I like using fruits and berries in salads like this and its always nice if you can work in some cured ham!

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Barbara October 11, 2009 at 7:31 am

What stunning blackberries. I’ve never paired proscuito with blackberries. Sounds interesting.

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chocolate shavings October 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm

What a beautiful salad!

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Kathleen October 12, 2009 at 4:06 am

This salad looks incredible!! Blackberries are my favorite!!

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Koek! October 12, 2009 at 12:10 pm

It’s spring here in SA, as you know, and our mulberry tree is getting frisky… Think this recipe will work with mulberries?

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Manggy October 13, 2009 at 6:22 am

I love fruits in savory salads- I only wish I could get my hands on some free blackberries, hehe ;)

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Myfrenchkitchen October 13, 2009 at 4:52 pm

This is a beautiful salad, visually and otherwise!
ronelle

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Niamh October 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Oh, what a lovely idea! I adore blackberries but have never used them in savoury dishes. You should enter this in the prosecco and food matching competition: http://eatlikeagirl.com/2009/10/06/competition-prosecco-food-matching-submit-your-recipe/ Dinner at the chefs table at Trinity is up for grabs :)

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zested December 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

This looks beautiful AND delicious – congrats on your DMBLGIT win.

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Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet January 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Blackberries and prosciutto: what an interesting combination! I love to go blackberry picking and it feels especially good when you know it’s all free. :-)

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