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Italian Chopped Salad
with prosciutto / rye croutons / sun-dried tomato vinaigrette

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min

This fresh salad is inspired by antipasto, the first course in many Italian meals.
Smarts: Make a double batch of vinaigrette to use again in Thursday's meal.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Italian Chopped Salad:
  • Farro, uncooked - 3/4 cup
  • Prosciutto - 2 oz, roughly chopped
  • Green beans - 1 lb, trimmed and chopped into 1" / 2.5cm pieces
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Bread, rye - 3 slices, cubed (sub any sandwich bread)
  • Tomatoes, roma - 4, chopped
  • Kalamata olives - 1/2 cup, sliced, drained and rinsed
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Salad greens - 6 oz
Sun-dried Tomato Vinaigrette:
  • Garlic - 1 clove
  • Sun-dried tomatoes in oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Basil, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, red wine - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp (use some of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes if possible)

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Prep

  1. Cook farro - Double if making Wednesday’s meal. Bring a saucepan of water to boil (just like you would for boiling pasta). Give it a generous sprinkle of salt and add farro. If you bought semi-pearled or husked farro, it should take about 25 minutes to cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Double if making Thursday’s meal. Peel and crush garlic (portion for vinaigrette). Combine with sun-dried tomatoes, dried basil, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, honey, and olive oil. Blend until smooth with an immersion blender or standing blender. If the dressing is thick, blend in some water until smooth and pourable. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Prosciutto / Green beans / Garlic (portion for salad) - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Bread - Slice into cubes. Leave uncovered overnight if possible (stale bread makes better croutons). (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Tomatoes - Chop tomatoes.
  6. Olives - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add butter and then bread cubes to melted butter. Toast, stirring occasionally, until bread is crisp on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic (portion for salad) and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute more. Season with some salt and pepper.
  2. While croutons are toasting, place green beans in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and cook in the microwave on high until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Toss green beans with Italian seasoning and some salt.
  3. If farro was made ahead you can reheat it in the microwave (or serve it chilled).
  4. Assemble salads by arranging a bed of salad greens. Top with farro, prosciutto, green beans, tomatoes, olives, and croutons. Top with dressing (reserve half if doubled). Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (62)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (15)
Vegetarian (16)

32 reviews

I bought croutons instead of making them, but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Very tasty but not super filling.

By: Danielle
Posted: May 03, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

No garlic in the vinegrette or roasted

By: Ashley
Posted: Apr 29, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Amazing! I did cook the proscecco because i dont like it raw. Had to leave out the green beans because they went bad! (note to self: i need to take into account my "out of town days" when meal prepping!

By: Roxana
Posted: Apr 23, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Needed more dressing

By: Christy
Posted: Apr 21, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I almost didn't make this but decided to try it after reading all the reviews - I'm so glad I did! I didn't include olives since I don't love those, and I added some leftover parmesan cheese from this week's tortellini. I would have liked a bit more dressing, just because it was so thick that it was hard to mix it evenly throughout the salad. The croutons were amazing!

By: Melissa
Posted: Apr 20, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We're a big fan of the Cook Smart 'main meal' salads. Keep them coming!

By: Samantha
Posted: Apr 20, 2018
Diet: Original
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