Whenever I see these sweet little Italian plums in the grocery store, I get excited. I love to snack on them as-is, but really, they are pretty versatile. These are the plums dried to make prunes. Yup…prunes. I feel like that made them sound a bit less sexy, didn’t it? But really, they are incredibly delicious roasted. Roasting brings out their sweetness and caramelizes their sugars to create a really unique treat. Serve them with whipped cream as a dessert (OK, so we’re bringing sexy back), bake them into breads or cakes or use them in savory dishes like this salad or roasted with chicken or pork to add bit of rich sweetness.
Italian plums can go by a variety of names, prune plums, sugar plums, Jersey plums, Stanley plums, Empress plums or, if you’re very scientific, prunica domestica. Look for them from early September through early October. Choose firm plums and allow them to soften a bit before roasting. They’ll keep, once softened, in the fridge for a few days.
Mixed Greens with Roasted Italian Plums
- 12 Italian plums halved and stones removed
- olive oil
- 6 cups mixed greens I like to combine red leaf lettuce with some of my favorite greens
- 1/4 medium red onion sliced
- 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled (omit to keep this vegan)
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts toasted
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 roasted plum halves
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Place the plum halves on the sheet and drizzle with just enough olive oil to coat them. Rub the olive oil on to each halve. Roast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, being careful not to let the sugars burn.
- Make the dressing by combining ingredients in either a blender or tall cup using a hand blender and pulse until smooth.
- Arrange mixed greens, red onion, goat cheese and plums on a serving dish. Drizzle with dressing and top with the toasted pine nuts.
Hello, This recipe seems to be exactly what I’m looking for to service with a smoked salmon quiche.
Will you please tell me if the plums and dressing are to be served warm or chilled?
So glad you found this, Vivienne! I like to serve this with the plums and dressing at room temperature, but you can certainly serve them warm. I think that would be delicious!
Just found your site.Love your recipes.Making stuffed veggie portobellos.I found out the only reason people leave the gills out is that it will turn everything black.The only other reason is they may be sandy or gritty but I have never had that.Also my German grandmother used to make a summer desert,a vanilla sponge like cake with plum halves baked in it.It was served with some drizzled honey and whip cream.Cant find the recipe.any thoughts?
Thanks so much, Gretchen! You’re so sweet! That dessert sounds delicious! I’ve never heard of it, but I’ll see if I can find something similar!
This is so lovely Caroline! Italian plums are totally my favorite. I love that shot of them roasted! xx
Awww…thanks so much, Sherrie!
Kate @ Framed Cooks
Perfect timing – my market has glorious plums this week, and I was wondering what to do with them (besides just eating them the way they are!) – now I know! Beautiful pictures, by the way.
Thank you, Kate! I hope you love them!
SUCH a coincidence because I had a plum salad on the menu plan for this week also! Great minds.
So funny, Joanne! I actually just saw another blogger’s roasted plums a few days before…hey, it’s plum season, right?