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Fast & Easy Recipe For Spicy Green Salad With Manchego Cheese and Pears

Spicy Green Salad With Manchego and Pears

Spicy Green Salad With Manchego and Pears

From Gourmet


  1. 1/3 cup green (hulled) pumpkin seeds (pepitas; not toasted)
    1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
    3 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
    1 teaspoon mild honey
    1 teaspoon grainy mustard
    4 cups packed spicy salad greens, such as radish greens, watercress, and/or arugula, tough stems discarded
    4 cups packed frisée (French curly endive), torn into bite-size pieces
    1 (1/2-pound) piece Manchego cheese, rind removed and cheese shaved into 32 thin slices (preferably with a cheese plane)
    8 small red or yellow Bartlett pears (preferably with stems)


  1. Cook seeds in 1 tablespoon oil in a small heavy skillet over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until puffed and beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels and reserve oil. Season seeds with salt and pepper.
  2. Whisk together vinegar, honey, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add remaining 1/3 cup olive oil and reserved oil from skillet in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.
  3. Divide greens and cheese among salad plates. Cut off 2 opposite sides of each pear (reserve for another use), leaving a 1/2-inch-thick lengthwise center slice with stem and core. Arrange a pear slice on each plate and drizzle dressing over salads. Sprinkle with seeds.

Serves 8.

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