Recipe: Caramelized Pear Salad

Autumn isn't just a season for fresh apples and pumpkins. In fact, there are plenty of seasonal Fall fruits including pears. Today's recipe takes this delicious fruit and puts it in a salad to mix together some bold sweetness with soft acidity, a little sour tartness, and of course some bitters from the greens and walnuts to make a complex, yet well-rounded dish. To add a special touch to the recipe, caramelize the pears in a skillet with some sugar. Top this salad with a homemade vinaigrette to really drive home the Autumn taste your family is sure to love. Scroll below for this simple, delicious recipe.

 

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Caramelized Pear Salad

Ingredients

CAREMLIZED PEARS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 firm, ripe pears peeled, quartered, cored, and cut into eigths
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

SALAD

  • 8 cups mixed greens (I like spinach and endive, but feel free to experiment for your own taste)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup candied walnuts
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

VINAIGRETTE

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup walnut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the pears and sugar, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally.
  3. When the pears are tender and slightly caramelized (about 5 to 6 minutes) remove from heat and let cool on a plate.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegars, shallots, and honey.
  5. Add the oil in a steady stream and whisk until emulsified.
  6. Season the dressing with salt and pepper, then transfer to a serving container.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the mixed greens and red onion, then divide out among plates. Place pear slices on top, sprinkling with walnuts and cheese. Lightly drizzle with dressing or serve dressing on the side.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from the Food Network