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Goat Cheese and Apple or Pear Salad

Jacqui Oct 2, 2005 07:59 PM

I want to make a green salad with either apples or pears for dinner for Rosh Hashannah tomorrow night. What else should I put in it? Should I peel the apples and pears? Any dressing suggestions?

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    Stacy RE: Jacqui Oct 2, 2005 08:47 PM

    Yum! I like either mesclun greens or fresh spinach...peel and slice thin either pears or apples (my fave is pears), add some walnuts and dates and your goat cheese. I toss with a really light dijon, balsamic vinegrette (oil, balsamic, dijon, pinch of sugar). Great salad!

    Happy New Year!

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      Candy RE: Stacy Oct 2, 2005 08:57 PM

      Add a few roasted sliced beets for some color and extra sweetness. Gorgonzola would be good too in place of goat's cheese.

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      dano RE: Jacqui Oct 2, 2005 11:26 PM

      candied nuts will offset the cheese well. Or carmelize your slices, or parisienne, of fruit slightly.

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        rudysmom RE: Jacqui Oct 3, 2005 07:27 AM

        1/4 ripe pear, peeled, diced
        1/2 shallot, diced
        1/2 t Dijon
        2 T rice vinegar
        1 t honey
        1/4 c olive oil

        throw first 5 into blender & puree
        slowly add oil
        season to taste

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          CeeBee RE: Jacqui Oct 3, 2005 08:46 AM

          I really like the combination of goat cheese and honey and pears...the three just seem to make something greater than the sum of its parts. Other things I like to add to these types of salad: dried cranberries, candied nuts, a bit of red onion.

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            danna RE: CeeBee Oct 3, 2005 11:10 AM

            I make a huge salad for a campfire event every year. Mesclun greens, thinly sliced (unpeeled) pears, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, crumbled goat-feta, and a vinaigrette that is either honey-balsamic or if I've been industrious, muscadine syrup instead of the honey.

            I agree, the it's one of those whole>sum of parts things.

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              Caitlin McGrath RE: CeeBee Oct 3, 2005 09:40 PM

              I agree; I don't include goat cheese in the version of the salad described below I usually make because my SO won't eat it, but I love it as an addition. The quote below is from a Chowhound post of mine from four years ago (!) in a thread about winter salads. The dressing came out of my fairly successfully recreating something I had in a restaurant. The tarragon/honey/pear/(goat cheese) combo is great.

              "a green salad - preferably with some slightly bitter things mixed in - with sliced ripe pears and a vinaigrette made with white wine vinegar, olive oil, a bit of garlic, a bit of dijon mustard, chopped fresh tarragon, and a bit of honey (add the honey last and to taste). The flavors just work very well together. Dried cranberries and chopped toasted nuts are good additions."

              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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