No. 24: Arugula Salad with Apples & Prosciutto + Food Inspiration

Mr. McCormick works in college athletics. This means there are occasional nights where he has various events to attend: gymnastics meets, volleyball games, golf banquets, softball senior nights, etc.

With Mr. McC working late and a night on my own for dinner, I was ready for something light and dare I say it ... a bit girly.

And quite frankly, I had eaten like a caveman the night before, so it was time to lay off the meat a bit.

Food inspiration

Warning: There are a lot of links in this section and you should check out every single one of them.

I love nothing more than finding new places for food inspiration.

Pinterest has done wonders for cooks across the globe, giving us instant access to delicious ideas and gorgeous photos of food. They might not all be practical, but they make us dream. This is my food board.

Yummy for Tummy

A friend of mine turned me on to Everyday Home Cook and swears by the family-friendly recipes.

Alexandra's Kitchen has simple, good food and a lot of essential, from scratch ideas.

I've recently been using a Saveur top food blog list to hunt for new sites to check out.

But a new shining light for inspiration for me has been Food52, a site dedicated to helping people become better, smarter, happier cooks.

I doubt there is a better cooking motto out there. Thank you to Mrs. VL for introducing me.

And that site is exactly where I found this no fuss (yet fancy) salad.

Arugula, Apples & Prosciutto


4 cups arugula
1 apple, cut into thin slices
6 thin slices of prosciutto
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper
Serves 2

In a small mixing bowl, add the balsamic vinegar and slowly wisk in the olive oil. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

Lay the strips of prosciutto flat along the bottom of a plate or wide-bottomed bowl. Place apples slices on top in an even layer.

Apples on prosciutto

Add the arugula to the mixing bowl and toss to coat in the dressing. Place the arugula on top of the apples and prosciutto.

The results

This is so easy it's ridiculous. And who doesn't love an appetizer or salad that looks so much more impressive than the time it took to make it?

Final product

What a perfect girls' night in dinner option. I'll be repeating this next time Mr. McCormick has to work late.

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Amelia McCormick

Kansas girl transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina. Smiler, lover of great food and wine, facilitator, runner, storyteller, wife, optimist, and mother of sweet twins:)

Asheville, North Carolina