I have a delicious recipe for a salad that includes pears and a Dijon-vinaigrette that I adapted to work with items I had on hand, and my ersatz version was just as good.
Oven-dried pear slices, I recently discovered, are a nice cracker alternative that can be paired (peared?!) with soft cheeses. Both recipes follow. Enjoy!
Winter Romaine Salad With Pear
2 Romaine hearts, washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 Bartlett pear (or more to taste)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds or 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Freshly ground black pepper (coarse grind)
1/3 cup shaved Parmesan or crumbled Chevre
1/3 cup lemon vinaigrette (substitute lemon olive oil for regular; use balsamic in lieu of other vinegar)
|Winter salad with pear.|
Toss all ingredients gently, then dress with vinaigrette. Add more black pepper to taste.
Note: Pears brown quickly, so add them last just before you add the dressing and serve.
|Dried pear slices with soft cheese make a nice appetizer.|
Nice with store-bought or homemade Boursin or with room temperature Chevre. And wine, of course.