Crispy Prosciutto, Fig and Pistachio Salad with Simple Vinaigrette

This salad is great because you can substitute almost all the ingredients I have listed below for something else. Don’t like/can’t find figs, use dried cherries. Don’t like arugula, use spinach or romaine. Can’t find prosciutto? Use bacon or salami.  I have to say prosciutto is pretty easy to find now-a-days. Most grocery stores carry it in their deli case and a little bit goes a long way.


  • 5 oz  arugula
  • 8 oz prosciutto, sliced thinly
  • 1 pint figs, quartered (I used Black Mission)
  • 1/2 c pistachios
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c red wine vinegar
  • 2 T mustard, whole grain or Dijon is best
  • s&p


Place the prosciutto slices on a baking sheet and bake at 375ºF until the prosciutto has turned dark red and the fat is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Be sure to flip the prosciutto about half way through the cooking time. The prosciutto won’t actually crisp in the oven, you have to take it out and let it cool off and then it’ll crisp right up–just like bacon. Remove the prosciutto and place on a paper towel lined plate. Toss the figs onto the baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes to intensify the flavor.

In a large salad bowl, add the olive oil, vinegar, mustard and s&p. Whisk it all together. Add the arugula and the rest of the ingredients. Use some tongs to mix everything together. You can either break the prosciutto crisps into pieces and incorporate them into the salad, or you can place a single chip on the top of the salad (like in the pic) for a “fancy pants” presentation.

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    September 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Oh my goodness. Crispy bacon style prosciutto on spinach greens. What a starter to short rib stew.

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    November 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Couldn’t find the figs for this tonight, but dried cranberries did the job. You guys are awesome. Everytime I get back on the (mostly) Paleo bandwagon (I added some goat cheese to this), you guys are there.

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      megan keatley
      November 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      nice stacie! that sounds really, really delicious.

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    November 24, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Just wondering if I put these in the dehydrator would they keep like a jerky? would be nice to take while traveling……anyone ever try it?

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      megan keatley
      November 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      you can bake prosciutto in the oven and it’ll crisp up quite nice. i’d be willing to bet you could keep it like jerky.

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    November 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

    sorry hit send to fast! would it keep unrefrigeratored if completely dried?

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