Swiss Cheese, Ham and Pear Salad With Mustard-Caraway Vinaigrette

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Salad recipe combines pears, with ham and Swiss cheese and tops with a tangy mustard dressing.
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
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  • ServesMakes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • For the dressing:
    • 5 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 8 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil (like canola)
    • 4-8 tablespoons water
    • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
    • 4 teaspoons parsley leaves, very finely minced
    • Salt
  • For the salad:
    • 12 ounces of Swiss cheese cut into 1/8" - thick slices
    • 12 ounces of boiled ham cut into 1/8" - thick slices
    • 1 pound firm pears (about 3 medium-size pears), peeled and cored

Instructions

Cut slices of Swiss cheese and ham into 1-inch squares. Slice each pear into 6 wedges, then slice each wedge lengthwise into four slices. Cut all slices in half to form smaller wedges.

In a large salad bowl, toss together Swiss cheese, ham and pears, mixing well. Mix in pepper to taste.

For the dressing, place the mustard in a separate mixing bowl. Whisk in white wine vinegar in a thin stream; this should slightly thin out the mustard and make it creamier. Whisk in vegetable oil in a thin stream; the dressing should be thick and creamy. Slowly add the water, between 4-8 teaspoons, to thin the dressing out; be careful not to add too much, or the dressing might separate. Add caraway seeds and parsley. Mix well. Add the dressing to the salad, mixing thoroughly. Season to taste with salt.

Additional Notes

Freshly ground black pepper to taste
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