Saturday, 24 December 2011

Recipes - Pear, Walnut and Parmesan Salad

This is a salad I was making a lot about 6 or 7 years ago and I just got to thinking about it the other day.  An amazing combination of flavours; the peppery rocket, the sweet pears, the salty parmesan and the crunchy, creamy walnuts.  And then this is all countered with a sweet and sour balsamic vinegar.  I'm glad to be bringing this salad back.

120g rocket, washed and dried
2 pears, cored, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
60g parmesan cheese, shaved
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper, to season

Step 1 - Place rocket, pear slices, walnuts and parmesan cheese in a salad bowl. Toss gently with your fingers.
Step 2 - Drizzle with oil and vinegar and season lightly with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.  


I used Nashi pears as they offer a slightly more crunchy texture and tend to hold their shape better than other varieties. 

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