These days, I find myself looking for fast and simple dinner solutions, preferably the kind that don’t require me to turn on the stove. We’ve had gorgeous summer weather with clear blue skies and temperatures well into the 90′s, and I’d rather spend time with a good book under a shady tree than behind the stove..

A nice little salad always does the trick when I want something delicious without a lot of work. For this recipe, I used air dried Nordtiroler Schinken, which is a ham specialty from the Austrian province of Tyrol. It’s lean, very tasty and is traditionally eaten for a snack with hearty bread. If you can’t find it, prosciutto also works well here. You can also change up the lettuce and use anything from Belgian endive to mache (lamb’s lettuce) or even arugula.

One thing you should not skip on is high quality olive oil. This salad is extremely simple, so the better the ingredients, the better it will taste! Serve with crusty white bread, such as baguette or ciabatta.

Nordtiroler Schinken with Rosemary Beans And Lettuce
Nordtiroler Schinken or prosciutto, thinly sliced
lettuce, such as oak leaf, Belgain endive, mache, or arugula
canellini beans (canned)
red onion, thinly sliced
extra virgin olive oil
balsamico bianco
salt, pepper
fresh rosemary, finely chopped

1. Arrange lettuce, ham, and beans on plates
2. In a small bowl, mix together oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and rosemary until emulsified.
3. Top beans with sliced onion.
4. Drizzle dressing over beans and lettuce.



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