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Swiss Cheese, Ham and Pear Salad
This is a good change of pace meal and makes a great lunch or light supper.
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Serves: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: none
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12 ounces Swiss cheese, cut into 1/8" thick slices
12 ounces boiled ham, cut into 1/8" thick slices
1 pound firm (about 3) medium-sized pears, peeled, and cored
black pepper, to taste
5 tablespoons Dijon mustard
8 teaspoons white wine vinegar
5 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
4-8 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
4 teaspoons flat leaf parsley leaves, finely minced
salt, to taste

Cut slices of Swiss cheese and ham into 1" squares. Slice each pear into six wedges, then slice each wedge lengthwise into four slices. Half all slices 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.

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