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Maple-Roasted Pear Salad

Post  TipsyCad147 on Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:03 am

Maple-Roasted Pear Salad

Serves 8

This tangy-sweet salad is a good excuse to explore the gourmet cheese section of your supermarket and try something like Zamorano, a cheese made from aged sheep’s milk in the Castile-León region of Spain.

Salad
2 Tbs. maple syrup
1 Tbs. hazelnut, walnut, or olive oil
4 small firm Bosc pears, halved
1/2 cup hazelnuts
8 cups baby arugula
3 oz. Parmesan, Pecorino, Zamorano, or other hard cheese

Beet Dressing
3 Tbs. hazelnut, walnut, or olive oil
2 Tbs. sherry vinegar
1 shallot, minced (2 Tbs.)
1 1/2 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. whole-grain mustard
8 oz. cooked beets, finely diced (1 cup)

Directions
To make Salad: Preheat oven to 400°F, and line baking sheet with foil. Whisk together maple syrup and hazelnut oil in bowl. Brush oil mixture on pears, and place cut-side down on prepared baking sheet. Roast 22 minutes, or until pears are tender and cut sides caramelized. Set aside to cool.
Reduce oven heat to 350˚F. Spread hazelnuts on baking sheet, and toast 7 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to kitchen towel, and rub off skins with towel. Cool, chop, and set aside.
To make Beet Dressing: Whisk together oil, vinegar, shallot, honey, and mustard in bowl. Stir in beets, and season with salt and pepper. Toss arugula with Beet Dressing in bowl. Divide among 8 plates, and top each with pear half. Shave cheese over each salad with vegetable peeler, and sprinkle with hazelnuts.

Nutritional Information
Per SERVING:

Calories 246
Protein 7g
Total fat 15g
Saturated fat 3g
Carbs 24g
Cholesterol 9mg
Sodium 211mg
Fiber 4g
Sugars 16g

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