Monday, June 8, 2009

Pear Salad

This is a refreshing salad for the summertime, compliments of my friend Katy Fults. It can be served as a side salad or with chicken as a main dish- you choose :)

Ingredients for Salad:
1 head butter lettuce (romaine works too, but butter lettuce makes it delicious!)
2 Bartlett pears
1/4 cup blue cheese or 1 avocado (pick one or the other depending on your taste buds)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
4 TBSP powdered sugar (to candy your almonds)

Ingredients for Dressing: (to be made in the blender)
2 TBSP green onions
4 TBSP lemon juice
1 TBSP tarragon vinegar
1/2 olive oil
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. pepper
shake of salt

Wash and spin your lettuce. I like to put mine back into the fridge with a paper towel on the bottom of the bowl to absorb excess water- just make sure to remove it when adding the other ingredients! It will remain cripsy and cool in there. This salad has to be tossed right before you serve it because it's ingredients will go brown if it sits too long. To candy your own almonds- YOU HAVE TO DO THIS- it makes the salad what it is and it's easy as pie! You heat your pan on med heat, add your almonds, sprinkle your powdered sugar over top and constantly stir. That's it. Keep stirring and stirring until all the powdered sugar is melted on to the almonds (you can add more sugar to make them more "candied" if you'd like). They will burn if you stop stirring- so keep stirring and turn down your heat if needed. Once they are coated, lay out a piece of foil and pour them on to it and let them cool for 10 minutes. Now to make the dressing- pour all the ingredients into your blender, pulse until smooth (it will be a pretty lime green color), then pour into a craft and put into the fridge to chill. When ready to serve, cut the avocado & pear, sprinkle the blue cheese, add the almonds, and pour the dressing on.(Add cooked chicken pieces if you desire) then, toss and Serve! You will love it!


Holly said...

Andrea, I love your blog. The pear salad was incredibly tasty. You're right. The candy almonds make it what it is. I loved that part of the process... totally fun! Watching the almonds become candy was seriously like magic (my dad and I couldn't believe somethings so simple turned out to be so delicious). The dressing was excellent too. Boy, I'm getting hungry again!

Meghan Underwood said...

I know, I know...this is an oldie....But such a goodie. I want you to know that I make this salad any time I need to bring a salad to an event or pot luck at school...Scrumptious. So scrumptious.

CC said...

still using your blog and your fabulous recipes! I pray you and your family are doing wonderful and I look forward to seeing you....someday!! soon I hope!!

Anonymous said...

Holly shared this recipe with us in Ukraine and every time I make it, it reminds me of good wholesome friendship surrounded by excellent food! Thank you :)