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Bitter Green Salad with Crispy Speck

Bitter Green Salad with Crispy Speck

This hearty salad is perfect for a winter meal. The smoky speck and toasted walnuts add a delicious crunch, while the blue cheese adds richness and depth. The bitter greens provide a refreshing contrast to the other flavors, making this salad a truly unique and satisfying dish.

To make this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 pound speck or prosciutto, sliced
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups mixed bitter greens, such as dandelion, radicchio, and escarole
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, lay out slices of speck or prosciutto side by side. On a second baking sheet, spread out walnuts in a single layer.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the speck is crispy and the walnuts are toasted.
  4. In a large bowl, combine shallot, honey, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  5. Add greens to the bowl and toss to coat.
  6. Add toasted walnuts and blue cheese and toss again.
  7. Serve immediately.

This recipe is perfect for:

  • Winter meals
  • Vegetarian or vegan diets
  • People who are looking for a flavorful and satisfying salad
  • People who want to try something new

Here are some additional tips for making this recipe:

  • If you don't have speck or prosciutto, you can use bacon or pancetta.
  • If you don't have walnuts, you can use another type of nut, such as almonds or pecans.
  • You can adjust the amount of honey and vinegar to taste.
  • You can add other ingredients to the salad, such as dried cranberries, feta cheese, or grilled chicken.
  • This salad can be served as a main course or as a side dish.


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