Asian pears are a particularly good choice for salad, as they remain crisp when tossed with a vinaigrette.
Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma
- 3 Asian or Bosc pears, halved, cored and cut into
- slices 1/8 inch thick
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup walnut halves
- 3 large heads Belgian endive, cored and cut
- lengthwise into narrow strips
- 1 In a large bowl, combine the pear slices and lemon juice, and toss to coat the pear slices evenly to prevent them from turning brown.
- 3 In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard and shallot. Slowly add the olive oil while whisking constantly to make a vinaigrette. Continue to whisk until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
- 5 In a small dry fry pan over medium heat, toast the walnuts, shaking the pan often, until they start to brown and smell aromatic, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a small dish and set aside.
- 7 Add the endive to the bowl with the pears. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and toss to coat evenly. Divide the salad evenly among salad plates. Top each serving with an equal number of walnut halves. Serve immediately.