This is the perfect no-cook appetizer for your next holiday party or get-together! Prosciutto Pears with Arugula Salad are deliciously sweet AND savory – plus they’re Whole30, Paleo & Gluten Free!
About the Recipe
Snacky fingers foods like these are always a hit during the holiday season, like my Cranberry Horseradish Brie Bites. They’re assembled easily in just a few minutes total, which makes them a great recipe for last minute guests!
Literally every time I turn around, there’s another event to head to or another get-together to host! It’s such a happy time, but it lends itself to a little too much mindless snacking and overindulging. And that leaves me feeling a little.. eh. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Practicing Food Freedom at Parties
In the years I’ve been learning and practicing food freedom at parties, I’ve been caught off guard a few times. There was the time I went to a baby shower, and I realized there wasn’t even one food option that didn’t include cheese.
A restaurant holiday party I once attended wouldn’t serve anything but wine (no tap water, really?!). So now, when I can, I try to contribute something made with real food to the spread (like my Whole30 Snack Board!).
Whether I’m heading to someone’s house or hosting friends at my place, it gives me at least one solid option to share. As a bonus, I get to enjoy some of the other goodies without loading up too heavily out of hunger.
I made these Prosciutto wrapped Pears with an arugula salad tucked inside for a few friends that were popping by. Because I knew I’d be enjoying a glass of wine or two, I really wanted to serve something light and delicious.
Here’s what you need:
- Red Pears
- Pomegranate. Learn how to cut a pomegranate the easy way, then keep the arils for this lovely dish!
- Baby Arugula
- Olive Oil & Black Pepper
The sweet pear and burst of juicy pomegranate, peppery arugula, and salty prosciutto work SO nicely together, and with just a drizzle of rich olive oil on the salad, this becomes basically the best thing ever. Yeah, I said it. This recipe is the best thing ever.
It’s really just up to you to decide how you like them best. Here are some suggestions:
- Drizzle a little balsamic reduction over the pears just before serving.
- Substitute cantaloupe or another melon if pears are out of season.
- If pomegranate is out of season, leave it off and substitute sugar-free dried cranberries.
- Add a small slice of brie cheese. This option will no longer be Whole30 or Paleo friendly, but it will be delicious!
Making the Recipe
The wonderful thing about this recipe is how FAST and EASY it is to make. There’s no cooking involved, just a quick preparation. Here’s how to make it:
- Slice the pears into 1/2 inch slices and each slice of prosciutto in half.
- Toss the arugula with oil, pepper, and pomegranate arils.
- Place a small bunch of the arugula mixture and a slice of pear onto each piece of prosciutto. Gently wrap the prosciutto around.
- Transfer to a serving plate or dish, sprinkle with extra pepper and pomegranate arils.
This dish does work best if you assemble it just before serving, but if you need to making these a little bit in advance, leave the salad undressed until just before you’re ready to eat.
You could also leave it undressed completely if you’d rather do without – honestly, they’re still really delicious without the oil!
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Prosciutto Wrapped Pears
- 2 red pears
- 8 slices prosciutto
- 1/2 cup baby arugula
- 4 Tablespoon pomegranate arils
- 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
- black pepper
- Wash and dry pears, then slice them into 1/2 inch wedges (about 6-8 slices per pear). Cut away any pieces of the core from the slices.
- Toss the arugula and pomegranate with olive oil and pepper in a small dish.
- Cut each slice of prosciutto in half long ways and lay them flat on a cutting board or plate.
- Lay a pear slice and a small bunch of the arugula mixture on top of one slice of prosciutto.
- Carefully wrap the prosciutto around the arugula salad, just tight enough so that the salad doesn't easily fall out. Repeat until they're all wrapped and lay on a small serving platter.Sprinkle with extra pepper and pomegranate arils if desired.