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Serrano Withdrawal

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After eating Serrano ham for nearly five days straight while I was in Spain, I was going through some serious withdrawal when I got back to San Francisco. GGD has been into Serrano for the past month, so she understands where I am coming from. If only I was able to bring some back from Spain, where it is so cheap and beautiful, but alas… customs are a bitch.

In taking advantage of the summer season and mixing in my craving for some delicious Serrano ham, I put together a beautiful and simple summer salad last night:

Corn and Peach Salad with Serrano (serves 2)

  • 2 TB good quality EVOO
  • 1 TB dry Sherry
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 cups baby arugula, rinsed
  • 2 TB sunflower seeds
  • 1 yellow peach, sliced thinly
  • kernels from 1 ear of corn, boiled or grilled
  • 1/4 lb Serrano ham, sliced thinly and torn into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thinly (optional)
  • 4 mint leaves, minced

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To make the dressing, combine the first five ingredients and whisk until blended.

If boiling your corn, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook for three minutes. Remove and let cool before slicing off kernels. If grilling, heat a large grill pan and spray the corn lightly with olive oil. Grill for about 6 minutes or until desired char, rotating to cover all sides. Let cool and remove kernels.

In a salad bowl, add the arugula and sunflower seeds and toss with dressing. Add the peaches, corn, Serrano, mint and onion and toss to combine then serve!

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I enjoyed my salad with a glass of Mulderbosch Rose (my favorite, and on sale at Falletti Foods for $8.99 this week!). I would recommend enjoying this salad with a dark Rosada of Sangiovese or a Grenache blend, or you could also opt for a tart Spanish wine such as a Verdejo or Albarino. There is enough sweetness in the salad, so you want to pair it with a wine that has more acidity with just a touch of fruit. And if Serrano is too expensive for your budget, Prosciutto makes for a nice substitution. Enjoy!

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a food and wine lover residing in Napa, California, where she does marketing for a boutique wine collective. She previously lived in San Francisco for over six years, where her blogging journey began. She loves to cook seasonal meals and experiment with new wine pairings. She has been drinking and learning about wine with her father since she was 14, and cooking in the kitchen with her mother since she was 6. Both of her parents taught her well about seasoning and flavors, and she continues to learn more with every meal that is made.

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