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    Mixed Greens With Caramelized Pears and Walnuts

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    45 mins

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    15 mins

    PaulaG's Note:

    An elegant salad.

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    Goat Cheese Croutons


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

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 04, 2009


      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.

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    • on February 26, 2005


      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!

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    • on December 05, 2004


      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Mixed Greens With Caramelized Pears and Walnuts

    Serving Size: 1 (160 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 487.0
    Calories from Fat 378
    Total Fat 42.0 g
    Saturated Fat 15.7 g
    Cholesterol 52.4 mg
    Sodium 347.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 14.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    Sugars 7.3 g
    Protein 14.0 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    white wine vinegar

    mixed baby greens

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