Just in time for Valentine's, an elegant salad worthy of special occasions. Recipe for roasted pears in a savory-sweet wine sauce, served with salad greens and rounds of toasted goat cheese.
One enchanted evening, you will find your true love …
The first bite is all romance, the second is true love, the third, well, prepare for the life-long commitment that roasted pears inspire.
Here, pears play the beautiful bride in a romantic salad. But roast extra, for as simple as can be, the pears work over ice cream, drizzled with crème anglaise, tucked into morning oatmeal, or simply savored, one small soft spoonful at a time.
ROASTED PEAR SALAD
Time to table: 1-1/4 hours
Makes 4 side salads or 2 supper salads
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pinch of good salt
- 2 fresh pears, halved, cores scooped out (see TIPS)
- 1 cup red grapes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, slivered
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup broth
- 1 cup wine, white or red
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons cold butter
- Salad greens
- Chopped green onion
- Vinaigrette (see TIPS)
- Toasted Goat Cheese
- Toasted walnuts
Preheat oven to 300F. Drizzle oil in a baking dish, sprinkle with salt. Place pears face-down, rubbing into oil and salt. Add grapes. Roast 60 minutes. Slice into pears, leaving intact at stem end.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat oil on medium high til shimmery. Add garlic; cook til golden. Stir in tomato paste, then broth and wine. Bring to a boil, let cook til reduced by half. Add honey, return to a simmer. Add butter, stir til melted. With a slotted spoon, dip pears into sauce.
Toss salad greens and green onion with vinaigrette. Fan pears atop greens, drizzle with additional sauce, sprinkle with walnuts and grapes.
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