Warm Spinach And Basil Salad


Wednesday, April 9th 2008, 12:38 pm
By: News On 6


Ingredients:

6 Cups Spinach
2 Cups Fresh Basil
½ Cup Olive Oil
3 cloves finely chopped or minced Garlic
½ Cup Pine Nuts
3/4 Cup diced Prosciutto (Ham also works nicely)
¾ Cup Parmesan Cheese
Optional: for additional color and taste add ½ cup each yellow and red peppers which have been sauted with garlic.

Directions:

Wash, rinse and drain 6 cups of spinach and 2 cups fresh basil leaves.

Remove stems and tear larger leaves in half.

Toss in bowl and set aside.

In skillet, combine ½ cup olive oil with 3 cloves of finely chopped or minced garlic and ½ cup of pine nuts.

Stirring constantly, sauté over medium heat for a few minutes and then add ¾ cup of diced prosciutto or thinly sliced ham.

Continue to sauté until pine nuts are a nice toastly brown and the prosciutto is heated through.

Pine nuts tend to brown easily so it should take but a few minutes.

Pour hot mixture over the salad greens and toss then toss again with ¾ cup parmesan cheese.

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This recipe is enough for four, but if you would like to make more or less of it just remember that it's one part basil leaves to three parts spinach.