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Spinach Blackberry & Prosciutto Salad, Plus June’s Taste From The Past

by Spicie Foodie on June 18, 2012

Spinach Blackberry and Prosciutto Salad, Pecans, Spicie Foodie

I’ve always loved salads. As I’ve gotten older the types of salads I like has changed. Before my favorites were Caesar, Chef, and Cobb Salad, all salads loaded with meats, vegetables and salad dressings. Nowadays I prefer lighter salads. Instead of all the meat, bacon or cold cuts I prefer a few slices of cured ham or none at all. Instead of extra vegetables I now love to add fruits. When it comes to cheese I prefer a light sprinkling usually of goat cheese. As for the dressing most times I opt for s simple drizzle of olive oil or a vinaigrette.

Spinach Blackberry and Prosciutto Salad, Pecans, Spicie Foodie

Another thing I’ve really come to love in my salads is nuts. Nuts add a crunch and another great flavor to salads. In today’s recipe I used the Hot & Spicy pecans from Amelia’s Spicing Pecans. You may remember last week I told you all about the scrumptious pecans gift Mike sent me. If you missed it make sure you check it out and order yourself some pecans.

Spinach Blackberry and Prosciutto Salad, Pecans, Spicie Foodie

I don’t  have much of a recipe for you as this is a very simple salad, simple but fantastic tasting. I used baby spinach, juicy blackberries, a few slices of smoky Czech cured ham (which doesn’t have the outer ring of fat), sprinkled some tart red pepper coated goat cheese, and lastly Hot & Spicy pecans from Amelia’s Spicing Pecans. For the dressing I used extra virgin olive oil. I can’t tell you how well the Hot & Spicy pecans help bring all the flavors together. They added crunch, and a good dose of spicniess to the salad. These pecans have become my favorite toppings on everything, they are just perfect! Thanks again Mike.

In addition to the salad I want to share June’s edition of Taste From The Past.

Taste From The Past, recipes, Spicie Foodie

- Sumptuous Fried Eggplant
- Tartelettes Aux-Fruit (No-Bake) Summer Tarts
- Mandarin Miso Salmon Medallions
- Calabacitas con Maiz or Mexican Zucchini with Corn

Taste From The Past, recipes, Spicie Foodie

- Homemade Almond Milk (Raw)

Taste From The Past, recipes, Spicie Foodie

Downward Facing Dog and Pain Perdu

Taste From The Past, recipes, Spicie Foodie

- Pork with Green Chiles (Part Mexican Part Czech, CzechXican)
Emeril’s Crab Cakes with Avocado Emulsion
Zemlovka, Czecho-Slovakian Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding
Agua de Sandia – Mexican Watermelon Water

Taste From The Past, recipes, Spicie Foodie

- Enchiladas Verdes (My Way)

Taste From The Past, recipes, Spicie Foodie

Homemade French Salad Dressing, The American Kind

Enjoy and I hope you have a great week ahead!

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa June 18, 2012 at 6:23 AM

A wonderful salad! So original and tasty.

Love roundup too.

Happy Monday!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Thank you Rosa! Hope you’re having a great week.

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3 Elin June 18, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Nancy…I love nuts in my salad too…so healthy and yours looks really mouthwatering and great presentation ! Have a nice day !

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4 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Thanks Elin and I hope you have a great day too.

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5 Adora's Box June 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Lovely salad. Just the sort of ingredients I love in a salad: fruit, nut and cheese. Delish!

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6 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Hi Adora,

Thank you!

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7 Laura @ Family Spice June 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

This is my kind of salad, simple flavors that melt together. The only dressing we use in our house is oil & vinegar/lemon. And I love your look to the past – beautiful food!

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8 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Hi Laura,

Thanks! So we agree on the dressings.

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9 FreeSpiritEater June 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Wow! There isn’t a component I don’t like in this salad! The flavors really compliment one another. Thanks for sharing. Buzzed ya!

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10 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Thank you Ky:)

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11 Jill Colonna June 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Love the concoction with different textures, colours and the sugar and spice and all things… fabulous.

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12 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Thank you Jill!

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13 Peggy June 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I hardly ever make a salad without nuts! This salad sounds great – and love all the recipes from the past too =)

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14 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I’m finding it hard not to include them in my salads. Thank you Peggy!

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15 Nandita June 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Lovely salad. Loved the blue platter :)

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16 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Thank you Nandita!

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17 Suzanne Perazzini June 18, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Yes to the nuts, no to the fruit. I don’t like mixing fruits with savory but that’s just me. For example, I love raisins but if they are in a curry, I pick them all out and discard them. Strange, I know.
Love the round up.

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18 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Hi Suzanne,

Too bad you don’t like the fruits with savory. I used to feel the same way but now can’t get enough. Though raisins are another thing, I don’t like them and also pick them out of food. Thanks!

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19 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun June 18, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I love adding fruits to mix with savory ingredients in salads. What a lovely presentation and fabulous photos, as always.

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20 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Hi Victoria,

Great to hear it. Thank you!

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21 Ramona June 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Fantastic round up. I love getting to see some of your past dishes.

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22 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Thank you Ramona:)

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23 anna June 19, 2012 at 1:07 AM

mm i love the combination of fruit and prosciutto…so tasty. nothing like a salad in the summer.

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24 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Hi Anna,

It just goes together so well. Thanks!

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25 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 19, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Your blackberries are huge! It looks delicious with pecans. We don’t put nuts on salad enough. I know it’s good for us and simple additional nutrition so I should include nuts more in our salad. I always enjoy the monthly feature as I’ve missed your earlier posts!

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26 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Hi Nami,

I know right, that’s why I bought them:) Thanks!

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27 Eha June 19, 2012 at 3:21 AM

A salad special to me because I would not have thought of putting blackberries into the mix. Can taste them on my palate now, together with the nuts and the rest . . . What an interesting idea – I can see myself tweaking other salad recipes as well :) !

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28 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Hi Eha,

The blackberries went really well with all the other ingredients. Yes, it’s fun tweaking salads to add new ingredients like nuts and berries or fruit. Thanks!

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29 Patty June 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Your salad looks just perfect to me! The juicy blackberries are drawing me in to your salad and remind me of how much I enjoy berries in a salad. I find them very satisfying especially during their too short of a season -we should be adding them to everything;-)

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30 Spicie Foodie June 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Hi Patty,

Thank you! I wish berries had a longer season so we could really add them to everything:)

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31 DB-The Foodie Stuntman June 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM

This looks yummy

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32 Spicie Foodie June 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Thanks!

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33 vianney June 24, 2012 at 2:31 AM

lovely salad Nancy.nothing beats a fresh plate on a hot day! love the taste from the past series!

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34 Spicie Foodie June 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Thank you Vianney!

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35 Magic of Spice July 3, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Delightful roundup of past goodies, and beautiful salad…love the blackberries in there and will need to try that :)

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36 Spicie Foodie July 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Thanks Alisha! You should, I’m sure you’d love it.

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