An amazing salad that blends different flavors to impress your guests. The salad dressing is an orange vinaigrette. Try to use Asian pears in this salad, as they are best for flavor. But if you can't find Asian pears in your area, you can substitute Bosc or Anjou.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, heat orange juice over medium-high heat, whisking often, until it is reduced by 1/4.

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  • Add to a blender, along with the vinegar, onion, sugar, wine, salt and pepper, and process until smooth. Then, while blending on a low speed, remove cap and slowly drizzle in the olive oil to emulsify (thicken) the dressing. Chill until ready to use.

  • Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Saute pears and nuts in butter for 3 minutes. Add sugar and water and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown and caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  • In a large bowl, combine prosciutto, lettuce and the pear and walnut mixture. Add vinaigrette and toss to coat. Serve on a large Italian platter. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

600 calories; protein 7.4g 15% DV; carbohydrates 39.9g 13% DV; fat 47.1g 73% DV; cholesterol 21.7mg 7% DV; sodium 383.8mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2003
Excellent salad. Makes a very attractive and appealing presentation on a large platter. Very gourmet. A great recipe to serve guests. Just a note if you print out the recipe to the 4x6 size the romaine hearts appear separate from the ingredients list and are easy to miss when making your grocery list! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/19/2003
I started out with doubling the dressing. I thought the salad would be small but it serves at least 10. Anyway I cooked orange juice down to half thinking maybe that was why some reviews said it wouldn't thicken. I had no better luck doing it this way. Was still very watery. I added less olive oil and it was still overpowering flavor. Didn't like it. I kept trying to "fix" it but ended up throwing it out. I ended up using the dressing from Betsy's mandarin orange salad(this web site). I thought I would have to get more than 2 pears. I was serving 8 and had to do 2 servings without nuts and wanted everyone to have a good taste of the pears. So I got 6 asian pears and it cost me 9.oo! It wasn't necessary to get all those pears 3 would have been enough. They held up good during cooking time I think another type of pear may get mushy. I never had asian pears before they are shaped like an apple slice like an apple I was worried they weren't ripe because they are firm but they were. This part of the salad was good. Wait to add pears and dressing to lettuce until just before serving. I added pears to salad ahead of time and it got very wilted even without the dressing. I really didn't need to double anything afterall. My husband loved it and so did my other guests but I thought it was too sweet My fault for trying to double pear mix.I won't use that many pears next time. It did have a complex of flavors and that I liked. Thanks J. Craig! Read More
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72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2003
Excellent salad. Makes a very attractive and appealing presentation on a large platter. Very gourmet. A great recipe to serve guests. Just a note if you print out the recipe to the 4x6 size the romaine hearts appear separate from the ingredients list and are easy to miss when making your grocery list! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2003
Excellent salad! Hubby and I ate it up! I used a little less olive oil as the previous reviews suggested. Will definately make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2003
I've made this salad twice and yes the dressing is runny but it still works fine. I tossed my greens with the dressing place them on a large shallow platter(with a lip) then arrange the rest of the indredients on top drizzling a bit more dressing over everything. I did not use all the dressing about half. It looked beautiful and tasted wonderful! I did add some crumbled goat cheese and was very pleased with the addition. If this salad sounds good to you try it and don't worry about the runny dressing because the orange flavor it adds to the salad is well worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2003
An awesome salad! I added goat cheese and used three barlett pears. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
I thought 2 cups of OJ was a bit too much. I poured out about 1/2 a cup after adding the herbs. I could not get my dressing to thicken (probably because I have a really bad blender) and had to use cornstarch as a thickener. I stuck it in the freezer to cool because I was a little pressed for time. It worked out just fine. The dressing is very tasty. I might add a bit more sugar next time but tastes fine as is. I added crumbled feta on top of my finished product. Thanks for a new twist on salad J. Craig. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/19/2003
I started out with doubling the dressing. I thought the salad would be small but it serves at least 10. Anyway I cooked orange juice down to half thinking maybe that was why some reviews said it wouldn't thicken. I had no better luck doing it this way. Was still very watery. I added less olive oil and it was still overpowering flavor. Didn't like it. I kept trying to "fix" it but ended up throwing it out. I ended up using the dressing from Betsy's mandarin orange salad(this web site). I thought I would have to get more than 2 pears. I was serving 8 and had to do 2 servings without nuts and wanted everyone to have a good taste of the pears. So I got 6 asian pears and it cost me 9.oo! It wasn't necessary to get all those pears 3 would have been enough. They held up good during cooking time I think another type of pear may get mushy. I never had asian pears before they are shaped like an apple slice like an apple I was worried they weren't ripe because they are firm but they were. This part of the salad was good. Wait to add pears and dressing to lettuce until just before serving. I added pears to salad ahead of time and it got very wilted even without the dressing. I really didn't need to double anything afterall. My husband loved it and so did my other guests but I thought it was too sweet My fault for trying to double pear mix.I won't use that many pears next time. It did have a complex of flavors and that I liked. Thanks J. Craig! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2004
This salad is wonderful the dressing however needs help. When searching for other recipes to compare it to most said to reduce the orange juice to 1/4 C. I tried that but didn't like the flavor of the dressing when I blended in the onion it over powered the flavors. So I used the recipe from Orange Vinaigrette Brown Rice Salad (also on this site) I also used Red Wine vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar as someone said it turns the dressing a brownish color. I waited until time to serve to add the dressing and topped it with crumbled goat cheese (a first for me but very mild flavor and good) Its a very elegant salad and I got many complements. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2004
Skipped the prosciutto but the salad still tasted great. Simple and yummy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2003
loved by my 4 yr old grandaughter to my 76 yr old mother! Read More
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