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Think Olive Oil: Fifteen Minutes To A Fabulous Gourmet Meal
(NAPSA) - If you want to whip up a meal in just 15 minutes that will impress family and friends, mix up a salad of fava beans and ham, says Paulette Mitchell, author of "The 15-Minute Gourmet."
Beans and ham are a classic combination in Spain. The addition of Manchego cheese, which is made from sheep's milk, adds a slightly nutty flavor. Or try Mahon, a Spanish cow's-milk cheese with a buttery taste. Rather than Spanish ham, this recipe calls for prosciutto, the more readily available Italian version of air-cured ham.
Olive oil is a healthy and delicious ingredient that enhances any meal, a great basic ingredient for healthy and nutritious meals. Extra virgin is the best kind of olive oil because it is the least processed, as the oil is derived from the first cold pressing of the olives, giving it the most flavor. Ideal for salad dressing, grilled fish, white meat, raw sauces, pasta and vegetables, it has many health benefits. It helps protect against heart disease, contains antioxidants and vitamin E and is rich in monounsaturated fats.
This sturdy main-dish salad is a good match for the peppery flavor of arugula.
Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in the beans, bell pepper, and onion.
To assemble each salad, arrange a layer of arugula leaves on a plate. Add a mound of the bean mixture. Top with 1 slice of prosciutto and 2 shaved slices of cheese.
Tip: Olive oil should be stored in a cool, dark place for up to one year.
For more information about Iliada Kalamata Olive Oil and Kalamata olives, visit www.agrovim.gr.
Look for these products at stores such as Whole Foods and Treasure Island.
Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings
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