Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Prosciutto

A simple green salad is the perfect way to round out any spread. Simply add a few flavorful ingredients to your greens as this recipe does here with sweet snap peas, salty prosciutto and savory pecorino cheese.

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Serving size: 4
Calories per serving: 169

kosher salt
1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed, strings removed
extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, smashed
pinch of crushed red pepper
1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups lightly packed baby arugula
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup shaved pecorino cheese (shaved with a veggie peeler)
8 to 10 fresh mint leaves, cut into a chiffonade

To blanch the peas, bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil and set up a large bowl of well-salted ice water. Toss the peas into the boiling water, let the water return to a boil and cook for 2 more minutes. Drain the peas and immediately plunge them into the ice water. When the peas are cold, drain them and lay on paper towels to dry. Cut in half lengthwise and reserve.

Coat a medium saute pan with olive oil and add the garlic and red pepper; bring the pan to medium heat and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the garlic and ditch it - it has fulfilled its garlic destiny! Add the prosciutto to the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until crispy, then add the vinegar. Turn off the heat.

In a large bowl, combine the arugula, snap peas and onion along with the prosciutto and any juices from the pan; toss well. Add the pecorino and mint and taste it. Season with salt if needed and serve.


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