04 March 2011

pear salad with lemon-garlic vinaigrette

i have a friend who served me this salad.  it was love at first taste.  i think i could spend the rest of my life with that dressing.  i found myself wanting to eat it so often, i had to find something else to pair it with (just plain drinking it was not an option, although, it did cross my mind.)  it actually happened by accident.  i added pears to my salad one day and loved it so much, the next day i decided to leave out the lettuce/spinach altogether.  the result:  a fantastic and easy salad that just may make your lips pucker up and make your heart skip a beat.

2 fresh pears, peel on and diced
grated parmesan, or any other sharp cheese
almonds, chopped or slivered
(the original recipe calls for crumbled bacon, which would be fantastic even in this salad!)

lemon-garlic vinaigrette
juice of one lemon
small clove of garlic, minced
2/3 cup canola oil
salt and pepper to taste

combine in a jar and shake to emulsify (or you can whisk in the canola oil to emulsify.  i find that shaking all the ingredients in a jar emulsifies best.)

to make the salad:
combine diced pears, cheese, almonds and bacon (optional) in a bowl.  drizzle dressing over the top.  gently toss and enjoy!


  1. never would have thought to put this combination together. will try it for sure!

  2. it's no replacement to your spinach salad. it's just another excuse to eat more of the dressing!

  3. We've made the spinach salad version of this w/ pears (twice) and keep hearing praises for it. Thanks!!

  4. @jenny-so glad you (and everyone else!) like it! i wish i could take the credit for the salad and dressing, but i have to say, i have good friends who are great cooks. celeste has some great recipes on her blog. thanks for commenting!