Aged Gouda is one of distinct flavors that make this arugula salad feel elegant and special. Gouda that’s been aged a couple of years takes on a rich, almost toffee-like character; the older it is, the drier and more intense the flavor becomes. (Don’t worry if it falls apart when you cut it.) I like Old Amsterdam brand. You could also use a good Comté, Gruyère, or Parmigiano-Reggiano.
In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the oil.
In a large salad or mixing bowl, toss the arugula and the pears with half of the dressing. Divide among four plates, scatter the prosciutto and cheese on top of each salad, and drizzle with a little of the remaining dressing. Sprinkle on the nuts and serve immediately.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on four servings, Calories
26, Fat Calories
230, Saturated Fat
12, Monounsaturated Fat
16, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips