The Simplest Salad
There is an art to keeping things simple. Sometimes we think that we have to make things more complicated in order to feel successful, but I beg to differ. When things are simple (especially a recipe), there’s nowhere to hide your mistakes. To me, when food is prepared simply but successfully, it is even more impressive than the most complicated meal. It shows that the cook has the confidence to let the ingredients shine and take center stage. When it comes to a simple salad like this arugula Parmesan prosciutto salad, the key to success lies in getting the best ingredients and in this case, that means using Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (true aged Italian Parmesan) and getting a few slices of thinly sliced prosciutto.
What is Prosciutto?
Prosciutto is a dry-cured Italian ham. Unlike the cooked ham you might be familiar with at the holidays, prosciutto is not cooked and unlike bacon or speck, prosciutto is not smoked. To make prosciutto, the pork leg is salted for a couple months, pressed to remove moisture as it cures, then washed and hung to dry for several months and then aged. This whole process can take from 9 months to a couple of years to complete, but the result is a salty and slightly sweet treat.