Asparagus and parma ham with balsamic vinegar

Asparagus and parma ham with balsamic vinegar

By 05/06/2015

A bottle of balsamic vinegar is just as precious as a fine bottle of wine except that balsamic will last you longer. Real balsamic vinegar is food for the Gods and I mean it.

You will only need a tiny bit to liven up your food. Dress your salads, use it on meat, fish or for pure lust drizzle it on strawberries and see how it magically improves the flavour of your food.

Balsamic vinegar becomes thicker as it ages and the flavour changes. It is almost incredible the work that goes into preparing this stuff: first the grapes are crushed, cooked and matured for a long and slow vinegarization process through natural fermentation followed by progressive concentration by aging in a series of casks made from different types of wood without the addition of any type of colour, spices or flavorings. To me that is fascinating.

My recipe for today is asparagus wrapped in parma ham with parmesan shavings, salad all drizzled with balsamic vinegar. It is an excellent starter if you are hosting a dinner party and quick to prepare.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 10 minutes


Wash the pepper, remove the filaments and cut it in half.

Wash the asparagus, cut off the thicker ends and steam or cook them for 4 minutes, just enough for them to be slightly soft but still "al dente". If your asparagus are thin you might want to cook them slightly less.

steaming asparagus

Wrap each asparagus with a slice of parma ham

wrapping asparagus

Heat up a griddle with a little olive oil and when it is very hot place the wrapped asparagus on it and cook them for a couple of minutes on both sides until the ham looks nice and crunchy.

grilling parma ham asparagus

When you have finished, flatten the pepper with your hands and cook it on the same griddle pan turning it on both sides. Press firmly with a spatula so that the pepper will get that lovely chargrilled look.

roasting peppers

Now compose your dish: place the asparagus on the plate, the salad leaves, the cherry tomatoes, olives and the parmesan shavings. Slice the olives and decorate your dish to your liking.

Make a vinagrette by mixing 2 tbsp of olive oil with 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and dress your salad and asparagus with it.

Buon appetito!

asparagus, parma ham parmesan salad with balsamic vinegar

asparagus, parma ham parmesan salad with balsamic vinegar

As asparagus are in season now in the UK, I am entering this to Simple & in Season with Ren Behan.

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158 Responses to Asparagus and parma ham with balsamic vinegar

  1. Helen G

    Honey vinaigrette.

  2. Charlotte Clark

    balsamic vinegar πŸ™‚

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Che delizioso antipasto, fresco e leggero, certo che l’aceto balsamico da un tocco in piΓΉ a questo piatto, bravissima! Un abbraccio!

  4. Heidi Child

    That’s looks delicious, I love Asparagus.xx

  5. Darla Wasko

    Fantastic presentation and asparagus is such a healthy food for you.

  6. Tracey Peach

    I don’t have one I will have to experiment xxx

  7. Laura Kilby

    Ranch dressing πŸ™‚

  8. Iris

    My homemade Balsamico & Olive oil dressing

  9. Helen Jones

    balsamic vinegar and olive oil

  10. Milly Y

    Balsamic dressing (especially with rocket salads!)

  11. Andrea Smith

    Can I say salad cream, or is that too common?!

  12. Lorna Jayne Kennedy

    I really love a classic French dressing πŸ™‚

  13. S Williams

    I would add some bramley apple and slices of lemon to your recipe.

  14. suzanne Drummond

    sweet chilli dressing

  15. Julia Nicholls

    I like olive oil, vinegar, chilli and garlic

  16. Heather T

    French dressing

  17. Ashleigh Allan

    Balsamic πŸ™‚

  18. kim neville

    I mix up vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper

  19. Richard Randall

    Olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, and fresh thyme and rosemary.

  20. Tania Atfield

    Balsamic vinegar

  21. sue hodges

    balsamic vinegar

  22. Helen Battle

    Salad cream

  23. Elizabeth Hinds

    I love balsamic vinegar mixed with olive oil, garlic and honey…yum!

  24. Elisabetta

    I love making parma-wrapped asparagus. Next time I’ll sprinkle with this balsamic dressing. Loving that side salad. All in all a lovely light dish just right for now!

    • Alida

      Thank you cara Elisabetta πŸ™‚

  25. laura banks

    honey and mustard

  26. Alex Glynn


  27. Val Swift

    Balsamic vinegar and Olive Oil

  28. Rob Baker

    Blue Cheese dressing πŸ™‚

  29. Jill Webb

    Love Balsamic vinegar sprinkled over a salad

  30. gloria

    Che buono Alida!

    Mi piace los asparagus:)))
    Un abbraccio cara!

  31. Emma Ferguson

    Balsamic Vinegar

  32. pete c

    a little mayonnaise

  33. iain maciver


  34. Kat Lucas

    Have to own up to shipping in Hidden Valley Ranch mix from the states as it is my fav

  35. Maxine G

    grainy mustard, lemon juice, thyme and olive oil

  36. kellyjo walters

    pink salt, olive oil and balsamic

  37. Stephanie Whitehouse

    Just oil and vinegar, but it must be a good olive or rapeseed oil

  38. Paula Readings

    My favourite is lemon-grass dressing.

  39. frances hopkins


  40. Amy Mitchell

    I love garlic and herb dressing.. could eat it with everything!

    Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  41. Janice English

    I will try this, looks yummy & healthy! Thank You!

  42. Anthony G

    I like either balsamic or sweet chilli (depending on my mood!)

  43. Sarah Griffiths

    Either balsamic and olive oil or honey and mustard

  44. christine shelley

    lemon grass usually

  45. Emma Cutler

    Balsalmic, Olive Oil & Herbs

  46. Karen Barrett

    Olive oil, balsamic and spring onion

  47. Krzysia

    Honey and mustard dressing (homemade)

  48. Nat thomason

    This looks amazing

  49. carla

    reading the recipe amd seeing the photo is love at first sight! how sad that our asparagus season is already over! I’ll keep the recipe for next year. Thank you for sharing|

    • Alida

      Thank you Carla. Here in the UK they always come a couple of months later!

  50. Sarah McIntyre

    Ranch :$ But always up for trying something new!

  51. janet humphrey

    Balsamic vinegar and olive oil takes care of most salad needs for us

  52. Caroline H

    I really love a reduced balsamic and raspberry dressing. It’s great with avocado and halloumi.

  53. Ruth Harwood

    Olive Oil and Salad Cream xx

  54. Hassni

    Balsamic Vinaigrette.

  55. Charles Moore

    I love balsamic, it’s so versatile.

  56. Amy Skinner

    A really good Balsamic vinegar is all I need

  57. Louise Smith

    A good quality Balsamic Vinegar

  58. leanne weir

    Honey & Mustard

  59. Brittany Koelmel

    I love blue cheese but its not the best for you, so second is balsamic!

  60. Paula Barker

    Honey and mustard

  61. karen cowley

    Balsamic vinegar with olive oil x

  62. LynneH


  63. michelle banks

    garlic mayonaise x

  64. Paul Scotland

    I love a ranch dressing with a salad

  65. Joanne Hutchings

    Honey and mustard

  66. Sarah Parker

    blue cheese

  67. judy kennedy

    Always red wine vinegar & olive oil daily on my salad

  68. lynn heath

    My favourite dressing is caesar!

  69. laura stewart

    i like balsamic vinegar xx

  70. Karen laing

    Olive Oil or I’ve also tried the Paul Newmans range os dressings and they too are incredibly good x

  71. Sarah Hall

    Honey and mustard!

  72. Iona Cornish

    Honey and Mustard

  73. Louise Asekokhai

    balsamic vinegar, olive oil and freshly ground black pepper

  74. Rachel Butterworth

    Ceasar salad dressing.

  75. Kevin Honey




  77. Natalie Roberts

    Blasamic Glaze. x

  78. Jazz

    apple cider vinegar πŸ™‚

  79. Bob Clark


  80. Holly Gibson

    Absolutely balsamic!

  81. Louise A

    My favourite is honey and mustard

  82. Karen Richards

    Salad Cream

  83. Jane Pearson


  84. MichelleD

    Caesar dressing!

  85. nikki-louise easton

    balsamic and basil leaves

  86. Layla Thomas

    I love Raspberry Vinaigrette especially on Spinach and Strawberries.

  87. Sarah Archibald

    I dont have a dressing on my salad, I’m yet to find one I love

  88. Danielle Cresswell


  89. Esme MCCRUBB

    salad cream

  90. Laura-Jane Baker

    Honey and mustard

  91. SandraB

    To save on calories I always opt for balsamic vinegar without any added oil so I’m always seeking lovely balsamic vinegars.

  92. emma kinsey

    caesar dressing

  93. ashleigh brookes

    balsamic dressing

  94. Richard Green

    Balsamic and Olive Oil

  95. Katie Skeoch

    Blue cheese!

  96. Lauren Old

    Balsamic vinegar

  97. Claire woods

    Olive Oil

  98. Lyla

    Salad cream

  99. Helen Rowles

    Must try this I never thought to put these ingredients together.

  100. Allan Wilson

    Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil & Dijon Mustard

  101. Sam B

    creamy herb dressing

  102. claire fawkner

    Red wine vinegar and olive oil

  103. Sarah Lee


  104. Tracy Newton

    I go through phases. At the moment it is Caesar dressing.

  105. Mike Gerrie

    French or Balsamic

  106. Katie Hodges

    Olive oil and balsamic vinegar

  107. Nancy Bradford

    Balsamic reduction with olive oil

  108. claire little

    I don’t have one but need to find it.

  109. Emily Hutchinson

    My home made honey and mustard dressing

  110. Sarah-Jane Laycock

    Caesar dressing for me – anytime, anywhere, any place!

  111. Patricia Avery

    Garlic and herb πŸ™‚

  112. Jaynealicia

    Hazelnut Balsamic and Olive Oil

  113. Carole Paton

    Raspberry and Poppy Seed

  114. luisad

    oh yes please

  115. Amy B

    I love balsamic vinegar and olive oil

  116. Chris Fletcher

    I always have a honey and mustard one, with a splash of balsamic, I’ve been having the same one for years!

  117. Laura Vitty

    A simple vinaigrette…

  118. Sheri Darby

    Mustard Dressing

  119. Ellie Spider

    ranch dressing πŸ™‚ but its really fattening so I dont have it often

  120. Nicola Holland


  121. andrea tinkler

    would be lovely on my salads as a dressing

  122. Charmian Filewood

    A spicy raspberry dressing

  123. Gavin Cowell

    Not always the easiest to find, but I like a good American-style ranch dressing.

  124. rebecca nisbet

    i nice splash of balsamic vinegar!

  125. Pauline Black

    Honey and mustard

  126. Diana

    Olive oil πŸ™‚

  127. hannah massingham

    I really like a balsamic dressing…very moreish!

  128. Alison O

    Usually a simple French dressing

  129. Angela gordon

    I love a simple balsamic

  130. Denielle Nicol

    Honey and mustard

  131. teresa sheldon

    good olive oil. balsamic vinegar and a little lemon and black pepper really refreshing

  132. sarah

    honey and mustard

  133. Karen R

    I like a simple mix of balsamic and olive oil πŸ™‚

  134. Marie Rule

    Balsamic Vinegar

  135. Harriet Higgs

    Honey mustard

  136. Fiona K

    Oil & vinegar with mustard

  137. Natalie Crossan

    Vinegar xxx

  138. Jeanette Smith

    Balsamic vinegar is my favourite, mixed with some caramelised red onion on top of a focaccia!

  139. Debbie Preston

    At the moment I’m loving honey mustard dressing

  140. Minnie15

    Blue Cheese! πŸ™‚ x

  141. Sharon Mclauchlan

    Honey & Mustard

  142. Karen Martin

    Love Garlic and Herb

  143. Liz

    Balsamic dressing

  144. Charlotte Hood

    I like a dressing with wholegrain mustard in!

  145. Maddie Jasinska


  146. Sue Stevenson

    Balsamic Reduction

  147. Caroline Signey

    Blue cheese dressing

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  149. Ren Behan

    Thank you for entering your recipe into Simple and in Season. Pinned and the round up is now live! Ren

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