Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Yummy Pear Pecan Salad

I needed a good side dish to my roast, but I didn't want just boring ol' green salad. I liked the idea of fruit tossed in with the greens and I came across this recipe. It was the perfect fit and it actually ended up being the most talked about thing at dinner. Everyone not only got seconds, but thirds and fourths!  So bring this to your next get together and you will really wow everyone!

Pear Pecan Salad

15 ounces mixed baby greens
3 pears - peeled, cored and chopped
5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions or green
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup pecans
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. To help sugar coat add a tablespoon of water if needed. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, feta  cheese, avocado, and onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve.


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