Saturday, August 20, 2011

Walmut Pear Salad

Recently, a friend at church brought buckets full of sweet pears they had picked from their burgeoning trees. I brought home a bag of the sweet juicy fruit. My thought was that they would go perfectly in this salad.

I actually prefer to call this "Asian Pear Salad." The soy sauce, fresh ginger and garlic certainly give it an Asian flare.

For that reason it really pairs well (pun intended), with dishes like Kung Pao chicken, stir fries, beef or chicken teriyaki, and of course Sushi!

It is an all around great salad and would be a complement to other salads as well.

Drizzle on your dressing and enjoy all the flavor.

Walnut Pear Salad

  • 8 small or 4 large Boston lettuce leaves, torn if preferred (if unavailable, use Romaine, Bibb, Red Leaf)
  • 2 small pears (any variety)
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnut halves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Line four salad plates with the lettuce leaves. Set aside.
To prepare the dressing, in a medium bowl combine the dressing ingredients.
Pare, core and slice the pears. (If not serving the salad immediately, toss the pears with a little lemon juice to keep them from discoloring).
Arrange the pear slice on the lettuce and drizzle evenly with the dressing. Sprinkle evenly with the walnuts.

Yield: 4 servings

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