Recipe For Salad with Prosciutto and Caramelized Pears and Walnuts

Ingredients

2 cups fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon white wine
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon butter
2 pears – peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 cup walnut halves
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 pound prosciutto, cut into thin strips
2 romaine hearts, rinsed and torn

Directions

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

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!