California Central Coast Recipes

Chicory, Toasted Walnuts and D'anjou Pear Salad with a light Lemon vinaigrette

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Chicory, Toasted Walnuts and D'anjou Pear Salad with a light Lemon vinaigrette is so easy to assemble. It's almost embarrassing to need a recipe. This is a fresh light salad to serve when you're bored by your "usual house salads." It really perks up a meal.


www.theromantictable.com 2017, Chicory, Toasted Walnuts and D'anjou Pear Salad with a light Lemon vinaigrette
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:
MAKES 4 SERVINGS.
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Ingredients.

The Salad
1/2 Cup Walnuts
1 Head Chicory , washed, drained and cut into large bite-sized pieces
2 D'anjou Pears , washed, quartered and thinly sliced

The vinaigrette
1/4 Cup Lemon juice
3 Tablespoons Extra- virgin Olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Sugar if required to taste
Water if required to taste


Preparation Directions.

1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees. On a baking sheet, toast walnuts in oven five to ten minutes.

2 Coarsely chop walnuts. Set aside.

3 To make the vinaigrette, add lemon juice to a large measuring cup. If lemon is extremely tart, you may need to add a few drops of water and or sugar to bring the sweetness up a little.

4 Add Olive oil. I prefer 4 parts lemon juice to 3 parts olive oil. (This makes the salad taste fresh and light.)

5 When the balance is right for the vinaigrette, add a little salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

6 In a large salad bowl, separate pieces of chicory, add sliced pears. Toss gently, distributing pears evenly amongst the chicory.

7 Toss the chicory and pears with the vinaigrette.

8 Sprinkle the toasted walnuts over the dressed salad and gently toss again.

9 Serve family style, or on individual salad plates.


Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

An Alsatian-style Gewurztraminer works exceptionally well with this salad.

A tip from Sue!

The difference between white, black and red pepper

Do you know the difference between white, black and red pepper?

White pepper gives you an "immediate hot." Black pepper develops more slowly as you chew, while red pepper has a delayed kick or hotness.