Recipe/ Salads/ Sides

Deliciously Simple Prosciutto Arugula Salad Rolls

Have you ever had a taste revelation? Like, a real smack you in the face, spit on your neck, kick ya in the crotch kind of revelation? In a good way?

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When I first discovered the importance (and flavour) of good food and started going to farmer’s markets 5 years ago I was not prepared for the taste revelations that awaited me. Sure, I knew that if you spent X amount of dollars on something you could easily get better quality ingredients but I had no idea that you could literally taste and feel the difference of those ingredients. I also didn’t realize that if you buy locally in season from farmers in your area that you could get those same quality ingredients for much less than what you find in the grocery store. Evidently because farmers have surpluses of particular foods during particular seasons, the excess reserves cause the price to go down. Go figure, right?

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Don’t get me wrong – there are SOME things that are going to cost more than the grocery store. Like strawberries. Or garlic. Or eggs. And maybe honey. But with good reason. They’re difficult to grow, time consuming to harvest and ultimately more valuable. Strawberries aren’t supposed to be 2 plastic pints for $3.00 – you’re being tricked. Tricked by cheap food. You might only be spending 3 bucks, but you aren’t getting the flavor, nutrients or goodness of a real, slightly more expensive strawberry. If you absolutely must have your Summer strawberries (like I do),  just cut back in other areas one day a week – like not eat meat every day or skip that one extra latte so you can afford juicy, ruby red, gorgeous sun-kissed real berries.


The same goes for garlic. Farm fresh garlic is not cheap and it may surprise you when you see it at the market for the first time. But it’s also insanely juicy and doesn’t have the same bland, woody texture and unpleasantly sharp flavour that supermarket garlic does. The first time I had farm fresh garlic I just about died. In fact, I made this noise:


Right? Doesn’t get much better than “Arrrrggggggoooooohhhhhruuuuummph”. Seriously – say it out loud.

The same goes for arugula. Brand new, fresh from the ground arugula really was a real smack me in the face, spit on me neck, kick me in the crotch kind of taste revelation. I had no idea lettuce could taste so good. And unlike garlic or strawberries or honey, it won’t cost you a latte. Right now, I’m eating bags of the stuff. Bags!

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If you’re signed up for my newsletter, you received a whack of new Arugula recipe ideas this week. And while they’re all fantastic ways to get more arugula into your mouth, I personally use it mostly in salads or on top of homemade pizza. But I also like to stuff it into things. Like prosciutto.

This deliciously simple prosciutto arugula salad rolls recipe is so super simple and quick to come together yet so deliciously tasty, you’re gonna pee your pants. It would make an incredibly tasty and easy appetizer or side at your next Spring BBQ or dinner party.

Deliciously Simple Prosciutto Arugula Salad Rolls



Yield 4 servings


  • 8 Slices of Prosciutto di Parma
  • 1 Pear, cored and cut into 8 wedges
  • 4 Oz Blue cheese, crumbled
  • Big handful of farm fresh arugula
  • Good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coarse sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper
  • Optional: Organic local honey to drizzle


  1. Super simple: Toss the arugula in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Lay the prosciutto on a board, layer the ingredients on top, roll & if desired, skewer with adorable tooth picks and drizzle with honey.
  3. Eat.


Are there any ingredients or food items you refuse to compromise on? Had any taste revelations? Are there food items you WILL compromise on? How do you find great “deals” on real food in your life? Have any tips on how to support local farmers (and our taste buds)? How do you make room for real flavours in your life? Concerns about attending farmer’s markets? Share your comments below and I promise to respond personally!

  • Michele
    April 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Hi! Any recommendations on subbing the blue cheese? Do you think a chΓ¨vre would work? I can’t have cow milk but this looks so deelish!!!

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Hey miss Michele! Of course!! Goat cheese would give it a nice flavor paired against the richness of the prosciutto and sweetness of the pear. Giver!

  • Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    April 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I had something similar at a party once and had totally forgotten how amazing they were – I need to make these! I am all about skipping other things to be able to buy all the fresh produce I can handle, great post Kristy!

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Heck yeah Anna!! I WISH I would buy more clothes or whatever but I’d rather do without (the sweater I’m wearing has a giant ass hole in the elbow) and eat tons of fresh veggies. hahaha

  • Jane's Adventures in Dinner
    April 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Best. snack. ever. Can’t wait to get some arugula out of our own yard.

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Yes Jane!! πŸ™‚ These are fantastic just rolled up for muching with wine on the patio on a Saturday afternoon…. or Monday afternoon… Or any noon there’s wine πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to see your harvest!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    April 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    GIRL! These look amazing! I’m on appetizer duty for Easter dinner this year and I’m thinking these would be a great way to start the meal, no? If I can stop myself from eating them all beforehand, that is. OMGYUM.

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Oh yay!!! Good timing sister friend! Let me know how they work out for you!

  • Christine |Taste of Divine
    April 11, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    You know the way to my heart…these look super easy and super delicious! I didn’t start eating real food until a few years ago and had no idea what I was missing out on. Farmer’s market stuff is soooo much better! One thing I don’t budge on is tomatoes. I guess I just got spoiled. I haven’t had a tomato since last fall since they aren’t in season. Conventional tomatoes just don’t taste good to me anymore. Food snob? Yeah…I probably am. But at least I’m a healthy one πŸ™‚

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 15, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      I’m with ya lady friend! Food snob? Nay. Food taster who likes to taste her food? Yes.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    April 15, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    I love the combination of arugula, blue cheese and pears. It is a smack you in the face delicious kind of revelation.

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 15, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      hahahaha it sure is!!! πŸ™‚

  • Laureen Fox
    October 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Love al the ingredients…well except the blue cheese but I could sub feta. Making these!
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  • Michele
    July 26, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Hi Kristy! Just stumbled upon this recipe of yours via another site… I absolutely LOVE everything about it! We’re big fans of “punch you in the throat” flavors in our house (glad to see I’m not the only one who uses terms like that to describe fabulous food). I can’t wait to make your salad rolls – they’re absolutely calling my name! Oh, and about that farm fresh garlic thing… YES! I couldn’t agree more. Cheers!