Caramelized Pear Salad

by Barbara Choate

Caramelized Pear Salad

(makes 6-8 servings)



  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 firm, ripe pears peeled, quartered, cored, and cut into eigths
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar


  • 8 cups mixed greens (I like spinach and endive, but feel free to experiment for your own taste)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup candied walnuts
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese


  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup walnut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the pears and sugar, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally.
  3. When the pears are tender and slightly caramelized (about 5 to 6 minutes) remove from heat and let cool on a plate.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegars, shallots, and honey.
  5. Add the oil in a steady stream and whisk until emulsified.
  6. Season the dressing with salt and pepper, then transfer to a serving container.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the mixed greens and red onion, then divide out among plates. Place pear slices on top, sprinkling with walnuts and cheese. Lightly drizzle with dressing or serve dressing on the side.

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