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!

Make your salt and pepper your "right -hand" aid

An easy tool to have handy at all times in your kitchen is your customized combined salt and pepper shaker. Buy a clear plastic shaker with a handle on it. Make yourself a "customized salt and pepper combo or "house blend." Ours is three parts ground pepper to one part salt. Having one of these handy really cuts the prep time down when doing breading and preliminary cooking!