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Fast & Easy Dinner: Spiced Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Fast & Easy Dinner: Spiced Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Just because it's cooler doesn't mean you have to stop having hearty salads for dinner. Fall's fabulous flavors, like pears, dark greens, and nuts, are excellent ingredients in dinner salads.

In this recipe, the cinnamon-spiced pears are roasted in a bath of orange juice. Parsley leaves add freshness and toasted pine nuts provide a delicious crunch. Creamy goat cheese and salty Parmesan cheese finish off the salad. This dish is also a perfect starter for a fancy dinner, so get the recipe and


Spiced Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Spiced Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Spiced Pear and Goat Cheese Salad


  1. For the spiced pears:
  2. 4-5 firm but ripe pears, peeled, cored, and quartered
  3. splash of olive oil
  4. salt and freshly ground black pepper
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground coriander seeds
  7. 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  8. juice of 1 orange
  9. 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  10. For the goat cheese salad:
  11. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  12. juice of 1 lemon
  13. 1 bunch arugula and/or watercress leaves
  14. 2 ounces Parmesan, shaved
  15. 11 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  16. 30 flat parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  17. 2/3 cup pine nuts, toasted until pale golden brown


  1. Preheat a grill pan or skillet and preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix the pears in a bowl with the oil, salt, pepper, and dried spices.
  3. When the grill is hot, grill the pears for 1 1/2 minutes on each side until they are beginning to caramelize.
  4. Remove from the pan and place in a small roasting pan. Pour the orange juice and red wine vinegar over them, and roast in the oven for 8 minutes. Transfer the pears to a large bowl and let cool.
  5. Mix the extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice into the pear juices in the roasting pan to make a dressing. Season to taste (remember the cheese is salty).
  6. Mix the leaves with the pears. Add the slivers of Parmesan, along with some of the crumbled goat cheese and the parsley. Pour in the dressing and toss gently to mix.
  7. Serve on a large plate and scatter the toasted pine nuts, remaining goat cheese, and Parmesan over the top.

Serves 6.

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MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
oooh this sounds soo good! i think that i've pretty much managed to keep salads as a staple of my diet even into the winter, and this is something else i can try. i usually do the goat cheese granny smith apple mix, but a pear is a nice twist. thanks for sharing this!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Great find. I have about 5 recipes on my list that I need to make that I've seen here, sheeesh! Keep 'em coming!
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