Skip Nav
Taste Test
Taco Bell's New Quesalupa Is Bursting With Cheesy Goodness
Valentine's Day
You Won't Be Able to Contain Your Excitement For This Heart-Shaped Pizza
OREO
Filled Cupcake Oreos Might Be Better Than Actual Hostess Cupcakes

Fast & Easy Dinner: Pear Salad with Bacon and Sherry-Wine Vinaigrette

Fast & Easy Dinner: Pear Salad with Bacon and Sherry-Wine Vinaigrette


A simple salad gets taken deliciously to the next level when roasted stone fruit is added. I love combining fresh greens with cooked or roasted vegetables and fruit - the layers of flavor create texture and depth. Bacon will give this salad a much needed crunch and the shaved manchego a nuttiness. This is a scrumptious dinner salad, perfect for a middle of the week meal. Pair with a chunk of crusty bread and a chilled glass of Riesling. You know you totally want to make this, so



Pear Salad with Bacon and Sherry-Wine Vinaigrette
From Everyday Food magazine
Image Source

3 pears, such as Bartlett or Comice, halved and cored
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 small shallot, finely chopped
3/4 pound thick-sliced bacon, cooked until crisp and roughly chopped (reserving bacon fat)
1/4 cup sherry-wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 Asian pear
2 Belgian endives, 1 separated and 1 sliced crosswise 1/4-inch thick
1 watercress, tough stems removed
1 frisee, torn into bite-size pieces
Aged manchego cheese, shaved, for garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss halved pears with butter, sugar, and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer pears to a baking sheet, cut-side up, and roast until tender and well browned, 20 to 25 minutes; set aside to cool.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine shallot, bacon, and vinegar, slowly whisk in olive oil and 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Using a box grater, grate the Asian pear on the small holes into the vinaigrette; stir to combine. Set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, combine greens. Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat; toss to combine.
  7. Transfer to a large platter, and top with roasted pears. Spoon remaining vinaigrette over pears, and top with shaved cheese; serve immediately.

Serves 8.

Around The Web
A Valentine's Dinner You Can Toss (and Stretch, and Top) Together
Fast and Easy Hot Breakfasts
The Best Pancake, French Toast, and Waffle Recipes
Cream Cheese Recipes
31 Days of Latin Recipes
Raspberry Lemon Oatmeal With Chia Seeds
Asian Noodle Salad

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
this looks great.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
this looks great.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
anything with pears seems extra fancy to me since they so often serve a pear with some sort of sauce on it at fancy restaurants.
lolagrape lolagrape 8 years
I made this for dinner tonight for a last-minute dinner party. It was 104 degrees this afternoon and I thought it would be GREAT. I couldn't find any Sherry Vinegar at our grocery store, so I used Pear Vinegar instead. I served it with an Austrailian Riesling and Grilled Salmon. My boyfriend and our friends loved it! It's all gone!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Bacon (jamon) & manchego. A match made in Spain (heaven).
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
Looks great! Kind of a lot of ingredients for a salad, though. But since it's enough for a meal, I guess it's worth it.
LuciLu LuciLu 8 years
wow, this looks FANTASTIC!
LuciLu LuciLu 8 years
wow, this looks FANTASTIC!
busybeegal busybeegal 8 years
Ooh yeah! And a chilled Riesling sounds perfect with it... Jacob's Creek makes a really affordable and tasty one!
millarci millarci 8 years
I'll have to try this soon! :)
millarci millarci 8 years
I'll have to try this soon! :)
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 8 years
ooh my boyfriend and I will have to try this dish out this Friday I think. along with the delicious peach cobblerlike dish we made before...there are some excellent recipes on this site! :)
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Those pears look GOOD!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Those pears look GOOD!
Latest Food
X