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Ham and Bean Salad

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Chef Chris Prosperi shares his favorite recipe for ham and bean salad.


  • 1 can of beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups of ham, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 3 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup of celery, diced
  • 1 cup of mini Mozzarella balls or diced Mozzarella
  • 3/4 cup of your favorite Italian dressing
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups of arugula, chopped and washed
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese


Combine the black beans, diced ham, diced red peppers, diced tomato, diced cucumber, diced celery and Mozzarella in a large mixing bowl.

Pour in the dressing and mix well.

Let sit for 15-20 minutes.

Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Place some chopped romaine onto a platter and top with the ham salad. Garnish with the grated Parmesan.

This recipe makes 6 to 8 portions.

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