Candied Walnut, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Candied Walnut, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 cups baby lettuce green or torn mixture lettuce greens
  • 2 cups Arugula leaves, torn
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded, stemmed and slivered
  • 2 Comice pears, cored and cubed
  • 1 ½ oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced shallot
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a heavy, nonstick skillet melt the sugar around the almonds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat immediately and quickly spread onto foil-covered surface to cool. Break apart, if necessary. Combine the lettuce, bell pepper, pears, cheese, and the candied walnuts in serving bowl and toss to coat with vinaigrette.
  2. Season with salt and pepper as desired and serve.
  3. To make Vinaigrette; In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar and the shallot. Add the oil in a stream, whisking until it is emulsified. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Makes 6 servings.