Mixed Greens With Caramelized Pears and Walnuts

Total Time
45mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

An elegant salad.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, lightly toast nuts; remove from oven and let cool.
  3. Peel and core the pears, then cut into 1/2" dice.
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  5. Add the diced pears and sugar; saute, stirring frequently, until the pears start to caramelize a bit, then add the white wine and continue cooking until the pears are just glazed.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the rice vinegar, wine vinegar, walnut or olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  8. Toss the greens with the dressing and distribute among eight individual serving plates.
  9. Spoon the caramelized pears and walnuts around the outside of the greens.
  10. Place the warm Goat Cheese Croutons on the center of the greens and serve immediately.
  11. Goat cheese croutons: Cut the goat cheese into eight 1/2-inch slices.
  12. (Tip: Use dental floss to slice the cheese logs cleanly.) Cut the thawed phyllo into long, thin strips (chiffonade).
  13. NOTE: A pasta machine cutter works well and makes uniform sizes.
  14. Wrap each goat cheese round in a nest of phyllo strips (they should look alot like shredded wheat).
  15. Place them on lightly oiled baking sheet; set aside.
  16. (NOTE: the croutons may be refrigerated, covered, at this point for 1 hour).
  17. When ready to use, preheat broiler.
  18. Brush the phyllo/goat cheese rounds with olive oil.
  19. Place under broiler in oven until lightly browned; turn them over and brown the other side.
  20. Remove from oven and transfer to the individual salads with a spatula.
Most Helpful

5 5

DELICIOUS! I could eat this salad every day and never tire of it! The flavor of pears and walnuts go so well together. I used seassoned croutons which I had on hand. This would be a great salad to serve guests. Thanks Paula for sharing this one! Prepared as a participant in the Sept 2009 Aus/NZ Swap #32 Event.

5 5

Wanted to add a note to my 1st review - made this salad again last night and used the pyllo dough this time for the croutons - wonderful - not hard to make and looked very impressive. Will definitely do it this way from now on. This is super salad - try it!

5 5

EXCELLENT salad! It made about twice as much dressing as needed, but that was great since I used it for other salads. I used pecans and walnut oil.