Saturday, September 15, 2012

Recipe: Spinach, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Pecans

Spinach, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Pecans


  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • 3 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag baby spinach
  • 2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese (about 1/2 cup)

    1. Toast the pecans in a skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes or until fragrant; set aside. Add 2 teaspoons canola oil to the same skillet, and increase heat to medium-high. Add pears, and sprinkle with brown sugar; do not stir. Cook the pears 5 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom. Stir to melt the brown sugar. Transfer the pears to a plate.
    2. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Add shallot, salt, and pepper. Stir 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add apple juice, cider vinegar, and mustard. Whisk; simmer 3รข€“4 minutes or until slightly reduced. Add pears.
    3. Place spinach in a large serving bowl. Pour pears and dressing on top, and toss. Divide salad evenly among 4 plates. Arrange Gorgonzola and pecans on top. Serve immediately.

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