Hot summer nights call for cool dinners that are simple to make and capitalize on the summer’s tastiest flavors. This salad is a great way to showcase the season’s delicious stonefruit as a light dinner or lunch.
Stonefruit and Gorgonzola Salad
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto (optional)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 peaches, pitted and sliced 1/2-inch thick
2 plums, pitted and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
8 cups torn mixed salad greens
2 to 3 ounces crumbled gorgonzola (or other blue cheese)
4 slices Italian bread, toasted or grilled
Cut or tear the prosciutto into bite-size pieces. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat; add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the prosciutto in a single layer (you may need to do this in two batches); cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 1 minute per side. Drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to the skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk the vinegar, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste into the oil to make a smooth dressing. Add the peaches, plums and red onion to the skillet; toss to coat and wilt the onion slightly. Transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl. Add the greens and half of the gorgonzola to the bowl; toss to coat with the dressing. Divide the salad among plates; top with the crisp prosciutto and the remaining gorgonzola. Serve with the bread.
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