Friday, October 10, 2008

Arugula and Roasted Pear Salad with Walnuts and Parmesan Cheese

Pears are a favorite in our family. Now is the time to make this salad, when locally grown arugula and pears are available.

Arugula and Roasted Pear Salad with Walnuts and Parmesan Cheese
slightly adapted from November 2000 Cooks Illustrated

Warm pears work nicely in this salad, too.

For the roasted pears:
4 firm Anjou or Bartlett pears (about 2 pounds)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the salad:
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
Ground black pepper
2 bunches arugula, stems removed, washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 7 cups)
4 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved into thin strips with a vegetable peeler
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped and toasted in a skillet over medium heat until lightly browned and fragrant, about 3 minutes

For the pears:
Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position, place a non-stick baking sheet on the rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees.

Peel and halve each pear lengthwise and remove the core. Set each half cut-side down and slice it lengthwise into fifths.

Toss the pears with the melted butter, then toss with the sugar. Spread the pears in a single layer on the preheated baking sheet, making sure each slice lies flat on a surface. Roast until browned on the bottom, about 10 minutes. Flip each slice and roast until tender and deep golden brown, about 5 minutes longer. Let the pears cool while preparing the salad.

For the salad:
Whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Combine the arugula and vinaigrette, and toss gently to combine. Divide among plates, and top with the pears, cheese and chopped walnuts. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings


pve design said...

Two of my favorite recipes, love them both. I picture your boys on the stools eating this and smiling!
I love pears! Please tell Abbot his work is "brilliant!"
I started drawing at a young age and never stopped!

Ivy Lane said...

Looks totally yummy! Going to print off this page and try it! Abbot is quite an artist!! :)

Ann said...

I wish I could cook such complicated foods/dishes. I know its not as complicated but for a little more than just a stranger in the kitchen like me it is. But I love looking at foods and recipes and sometimes dare to try them too. Thanks for sharing that and I do love pears too.

katiedid said...

This salad looks fantastic! We are big salad eaters, and pears are plentiful this season, so we are definitely going to try this version of a favorite combination! Thanks!
P.S. Thanks for the mention! :)

amy said...

oh deliciousness! love pears in salad!

Joyce said...

First I LOVE Abbot's drawing! I too love pears and will for sure try the salad and soup recipe this weekend!! Thank you for sharing!

please sir said...

Oh yum sounds divine!

Becky said...

Oh my, I just got a bunch of pears so I'm going to do this. Looks delish!

gypsy said...

I'm enjoying your blog a great deal. The pear drawing is fabulous... I love the details and use of color.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Thanks everyone for reading and for your sweet comments! Abbott was thrilled to read your compliments about his artwork. He is really driven to create, and, happily, his school has an amazing art program. (The first week of kindergarten they did lines in art class - I remember doing that in college!)

If you make the salad/soup, happy eating!


Debbie said...

What a beautiful picture you have to frame that. I have got to try both of these yummy!!!!!!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

thak you! for the comants!
i rile workd hord! i acshle
workd on that last yer!
love abbott

pve design said...

Remember, good things always come to those who wait and work hard!
Keep working and creating!

Joyce said...

Dear Abbott,

I apologize for not getting back to you sooner.

I'm so happy that art is one of your many passions and look forward to seeing more of your art on your mom's blog.

Happy creating...

One of your biggest fans!

Cate Bruce-Low said...

love abbott's pear-he's an amazing 5 year old to be drawing like that! and the recipes look devine, too. thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Teresa said...

Hi Lecia. I love your blog! We made the soup and salad for dinner tonight - delicious! I'm always looking for new ideas, so thanks for providing so much inspiration.