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Goat’s Cheese and Pear Salad

Arugula has a unique peppery flavor, making it great for adding to sandwiches and salad recipes. Combining it with the tangy goat’s cheese and sweet pears results in a beautifully balanced salad. This is also very easy to prepare and the following recipe will serve two as a main dish or four as an appetizer or side dish. You can use any kind of pears for this recipe, but it is best to make sure they are ripe – that means not too hard or too squishy.

Red-skinned pears look particularly attractive in this salad, but you can use yellow or green-skinned ones if you want to. The goat’s cheese tastes spectacular with the pears, although you can use feta if you prefer, or even blue cheese. Another optional ingredient which you might want to add is candied walnuts, as these add a lovely crunchy and also complement the sweet flavor of the pears, but this is just a possibility so you can omit them.

A goat’s cheese and pear salad makes a very nice appetizer, or you can serve it as a side dish along with something like grilled chicken. Although some salads keep well in the refrigerator overnight or actually need to be marinated overnight, this one is best served as soon as you have made it. If you do have to make it ahead though, keep the dressing separate until serving else the salad will turn slimy which is not the way to your dinner guests’ hearts!

Perfect Pear Salad with Arugula
Summary: The grainy sweetness of pear comes together with the creamy tang of goat's cheese, peppery aromatic arugula, and a tasty, piquant dressing, in this tasty salad recipe.
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Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 2
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 oz crumbled goat's cheese
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 chopped ripe pears
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Tiny pinch (maybe ⅛ teaspoon ) each dried oregano and black pepper
Instructions
  1. Toss the pears, arugula, and goat's cheese together in a serving dish.
  2. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top.
  3. Stir together the vinegar, oil, sugar, mustard, oregano and black pepper.
  4. Drizzle this evenly over the salad and serve right away.

Photo Description:

This mouthwatering salad tastes every bit as good as it looks in the picture. Boasting juicy, ripe pears, creamy goat’s cheese, peppery arugula, and a light, aromatic dressing, this salad is seriously impressive and proves that you do not need a lot of ingredients to make something delicious. Pears are a versatile ingredient and do as well in a salad as they do in a dessert, smoothie, or another sweet recipe. In fact a lot of otherwise savory salads jazz up the flavor by including something sweet and juicy, so if you have some pears at that brief stage between being too hard and too soft, use them right now to make this simple salad recipe.
 


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Christine Szalay-Kudra


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