Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Chocolate Dressing
- 6 – 8 Slices Prosciutto
- Olive Oil Spray
- 1 Box Baby Spinach, Baby Kale or other hardy greens
- 1 Cup Mozzarella Pearls or a Mozzarella Ball, chopped
- 2 Cups Sliced Strawberries
- 2 OZ Dark *Chocolate (at least 70%)
- ¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tsp Honey
- Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
- ½ Cup Chopped Roasted and Salted Pistachios
Sauté the prosciutto in a sauté pan sprayed with oil until crispy. Remove, Set aside, crumble when cool.
Divide the greens onto 6 plates and layer the prosciutto, cheese and strawberries on the salads.
Melt the chocolate and whisk it together with the balsamic, oil and honey. Drizzle over the salad and garnish with pistachios.
No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop
When buying *chocolate, you’ll want to look for a brand that does NOT have the words Dutch processed or alkali in the ingredient list. Processing chocolate with alkali is known as the “Dutch method”. This causes the chocolate to lose a lot of the flavonoids and antioxidants we look for when indulging in dark chocolate.
No. 3 : Get Creative
Did you know that pistachios don’t just taste good but are good for us as well? Web MD reports that they are bursting with the fiber, minerals, and unsaturated fat that can help keep your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol in check.
No. 4 : Cheers!
Rosa Regale Brachetto d’ Aqui
This wine really sparkles with a chocolate dessert. In fact, my Italian friends say this wine is “made for chocolate”. The Brachetto grape is used to make it it look like strawberries and it tastes like them, too! Lots of lovely pink fizz and the lovely hint of sweetness pairs perfectly with rich velvety chocolate in the dressing!