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Old Gilman Grill’s Honey Roasted Pear Salad with Blue Cheese and White Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

While they may not get as much attention as their botanical cousin, the apple, pears can be a sophisticated seasonal addition to any diet.

Like apples, pears have noteworthy fiber content (six grams, most of which is found in the skin), and they’re a good source of immune-supporting vitamin C. Pair pears with a warm bowl of oatmeal, a nutty salad, or a piece of Brie for a memorable meal; they can also be roasted, poached, or grilled for a sweet treat.

Old Gilman Grill's Honey Roasted Pear Salad with Blue Cheese and White Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Recipe by Michael Price, Executive ChefCourse: SaladCuisine: American
Servings

4

servings

    Ingredients

    • Vinaigrette:
    • 1 cup

      extra virgin olive oil

    • ½ cup

      white balsamic vinegar

    • 1 Tbsp.

      honey

    • ½ tsp.

      finely diced shallots

    • ½ tsp.

      minced diced shallots

    • ½ tsp.

      sea salt

    • ½ tsp.

      fresh ground black pepper

    • Roasted Pears:
    • 2 Tbsp.

      honey

    • 1 Tbsp.

      fresh lemon juice

    • Pinch of sea salt

    • 2

      medium ripe, but firm pears

    • 1/4 cup

      water

    • Salad:
    • 8 oz.

      spring or mesciun salad mix

    • ½ cup

      white balsamic vinaigrette

    • 4

      roasted pear halves, cut into slices

    • 4 oz.

      crumbled Asher Blue cheese

    • 2 oz.

      toasted pecan halves

    Directions

    • For the vinaigrette, whisk together the oil, vinegar, honey, shallots, and seasonings in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to use, whisking again just before serving.

    • Preheat the oven to 350°. Mix the honey, lemon juice, and salt in a medium bowl. Halve and core the pears, and gently toss them in the mixture.

    • Arrange the pears cut-side down in a baking dish. Pour any remaining honey mixture over the top, then pour water into the bottom of the dish.

    • Roast pears for 20 minutes, then gently turn them over and spoon some of the cooking liquid on top. Continue roasting, basting the pears occasionally until they are tender and golden (about 20-30 minutes). 

    • In a large mixing bowl, toss salad mix with the vinaigrette and a pinch of salt and ground pepper. Divide evenly onto four chilled salad plates. Layer pear slices onto the salad, followed by blue cheese. Sprinkle with pecan halves and serve.

    Did you know?

    • There are more than 3,000 varieties of pears worldwide, but only a handful are grown in the United States – mainly in Oregon and Washington. We recommend Bartletts for snacking and canning, Anjous sliced fresh for salads, and Boscs for baking and poaching!
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    Chef Michael Price

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