Oct 152014
 

 

I don’t even know how to describe this salad. It is so delicious! An incredible mixture of flavors and textures: sweet, salty, sour, spicy, juicy, and crispy – creates a delicious harmony sensation.

While eating the salad, you will enjoy every bite of it.

I think this salad will make any menu more chic and gorgeous, whether this is a weekend dinner, or a holiday feast.

Try it and I am sure you will agree with me – this pear, goat cheese, and walnut salad is one of the best!!!

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Grilled chicken, beef, or pork, added to roasted pear salad and paired with a glass of nice wine, will make a satisfying, light, and elegant dinner.

Adapted with some changes from Raising the Salad Bar book by Catherine Walthers.

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Roasted Pear, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad

 

3-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb mixed salad leaves (arugula, spinach, Boston, Butter / Bibb lettuce and radicchio, etc.)
  • 4-6 oz soft goat cheese (or blue cheese, gorgonzola, stilton)
  • 1/3 – ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 3 pears, ripe but firm
  • 1 shallot or ¼ small red or sweet onion, finely chopped
  • Olive oil

For the dressing:

  • ¼ – ½ roasted pear
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple juice (or pear, or peach)
  • 2 tbsp vinegar (champagne, white wine, or white balsamic)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard (I use whole grain Dijon mustard) 

 

 

Preparation

Preheat an oven to 400 F (200 C).

Peel the pears and cut them in quarters. Remove the core. Oil the pears segments and arrange them on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven. Pears should retain their shape and firmness.

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a food processor or a blender and process until creamy.

In a salad bowl arrange the lettuce with the onion. Add walnuts and crumbled goat cheese. Add warm pear. Drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately.

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Cook with pleasure!

 

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