Black and Blue Salad with Crispy Ham

This black and blue salad with crispy ham is the perfect summer salad. A delicious combo of arugula, crispy ham, blackberries and blue cheese. You’ll love this fun summer salad!

This black and blue salad with crispy ham is the perfect summer salad. A delicious combo of arugula, crispy ham, blackberries and blue cheese. You'll love this fun summer salad!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm. As always all opinions are 100% my own.

During the summer I crave salad like it’s my job. I’ll even eat it for breakfast if I’m feeling especially lazy. The great thing about salad is that it’s easy to throw together and you can empty the fridge in the process. Throw on a little leftover meat, maybe some grilled veggies, fresh summer fruit – you get the point. PLUS it’s a great way to squeeze in some vegetables to your breakfast.

Albeit a little unconventional. And maybe weird if you’re a breakfast purist. 

This black and blue salad with crispy ham is the perfect summer salad. A delicious combo of arugula, crispy ham, blackberries and blue cheese. You'll love this fun summer salad!

This salad ranks in the top of great salads because it’s salty, peppery and sweet. Hello, perfect combination! I actually LOVE arugula as a salad base because I’m all about that peppery bite. Plus it lasts longer than mixed greens which always seem to go bad before I can eat them all. Is there some way to save greens so they don’t mushy so quickly? I need to know!

Looking for more delicious salad recipes? Try my peach feta salad with peach vinaigrette, burrata caprese salad or my strawberry goat cheese quinoa salad.

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Black and Blue Salad with Crispy Ham

This black and blue salad with crispy ham is the perfect summer salad. A delicious combo of arugula, crispy ham, blackberries and blue cheese.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For dressing:

  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries, mashed
  • 2 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

For salad: 

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup Jones Dairy Farm Ham Steaks, diced small
  • 1 pound baby arugula
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

Directions:

For the recipe instructions visit my friends over at Jones Dairy Farm.

20 Responses to “Black and Blue Salad with Crispy Ham”

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    Alyssa — May 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    This looks delicious! I feel like I’m stuck in a salad rut…I make the same thing every time! This gives me some inspiration!! 🙂
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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — May 20, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    That bleu cheese seriously looks to die for and love the cute ham ‘croutons’!!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — May 21, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I love this twist on a “black and bleu” salad!!! That crispy ham, my gawwwd!!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — May 21, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I’m all about salads all summer long too. . this one looks delicious!

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    Kate @ Diethood — May 21, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I wish I craved salads as much as I craved cake! 😉

    I love recipes that use ham! They always win my heart. Beautiful salad!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — May 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Salad is a staple in my fridge, but I feel like I need some new recipes to spice things up. I’m so glad you shared this gorgeous salad! I love the salty ham, sweet blackberries, and blue cheese. What a great combination!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — May 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Love it when there is fruit in salads.

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    The Food Hunter — May 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I’m loving the berries in this…I never think to use berries

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    Beth — May 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I love those gorgeous wooden bowls – they reminded me of the ones I have packed away somewhere in my laundry room… 🙂

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    samantha — May 21, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Is this the name that won from the Instagram contest! I remember seeing it and thinking”who is going to top that?”

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    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — May 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Oh, Brandy, this looks incredible. YUM — What a mix of flavors!

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    Anita — May 22, 2015 at 2:20 am

    What a creative and delicious-looking salad! I love berries and cheese in my salads!

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    Joanie @ ZagLeft — May 22, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I crave salads in the summer too and this one looks especially delicious. I love the berries and the sharp cheese combo.

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    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling — May 22, 2015 at 10:39 am

    This salad looks fabulous! I love all the flavors!

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    Heather / girlichef — May 22, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Crispy ham croutons are a delicious idea! This whole combination of flavors sounds fantastic, plus – it’s so pretty. 🙂

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    Thao @ In Good Flavor — May 22, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    This salad looks beautiful. I love the contrasting flavors of the ham, berries, and cheese. I must have that salad bowl set. 🙂

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — May 22, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I love everything about this salad! I especially liked that you crisped up the ham…I bet that adds great texture!

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    Amanda @ The Kitcheneer — May 22, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I too am a salad fanatic most of the year, but its just about irresistible when all of the produce is so fresh this time of year! I am pinning this and adding it to my meal plan next week!

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    Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) — May 23, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Such awesome flavor combos in this pretty salad!

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    Andi @ The Weary Chef — May 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    What a beautiful salad AND bowl set!!

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