California Central Coast Recipes

Mixed Greens and Pear Salad

This is a light refreshing unusual salad that can be a cooling appetizer or salad for all types of summer dishes and barbecues from grilled seafood to light pasta dishes.

Itís a nice change of taste when the temperatures outside are soaring. ©2017, Mixed Greens and Pear Salad
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:
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1/2 cup squeezed fresh orange juice
1/2 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
2 to 3 Tablespoons White wine vinegar
1 teaspoons Dried Basil , crushed in mortar and pestle
1/8 teaspoons salt
4 halved pears in heavy syrup , chilled and drained
1 pkg. Spring Mix mixed greens

Gorgonzola cheese , cut in small wedges

Preparation Directions.

1 Squeeze orange juice and add to a glass measuring cup.

2 Add in scant half- cup Extra-virgin olive oil. Stir. Add in 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar.

3 Add in basil and touch of salt. Taste and correct seasoning, orange juice, white wine vinegar and olive oil. If the oranges don't have enough tang, you might need to add a little more white wine vinegar to give it a little tartness.

4 Arrange mixed greens on small plate. Place one pear thatís been partially sliced lengthwise into sections on each plate.

5 Cut a slice of cheese for each plate, placing adjacent to pear. Stir vinaigrette and dribble it over salad. Serve as shown in photo.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

A tip from Sue!

Use A Pasta Pot for Pasta

If you like pasta and are planning on having it often, I recommend getting a pasta pot.

After trying different sets, the best one Iíve found was the original, least expensive one. Itís a stainless steel pot with separate built-in pasta basket. It also comes with a vegetable steamer. Something like it is available on the Internet for about $40.00. and at several local supermarkets as low as $30.00.

You donít need to have a real heavy pan---otherwise youíre going to waste all your time heating the pan instead of getting it to boil quickly. Don't worry about hot spots since all youíre going to be doing with it is boiling water.