Perfect Pear Salad

by Marija Petrovic | 19/02/2014 01:31

Makes 4 servings
Created by Epicurious member Kathe Miller from Chelan, Washington, this beautiful salad has a wonderful presentation as well as a rich taste. Try it as a starter, or as a satisfying lunch. Miller recommends pears that are tender but crisp, giving the salad a divine texture and bite that is at once crunchy and juicy.

10 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into large dice
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups (loosely packed) baby spinach leaves
1 Anjou pear, peeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
3/4 cup coarsely grated Asiago cheese (about 5 ounces)
1/2 cup red bell pepper, cut into fine dice
2 tablespoons shallot, minced


1. In a large skillet over moderately high heat, sauté the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel–lined plate to drain. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the spinach with half the dressing.

3. Divide the spinach among 4 plates. Top with the pear slices. Sprinkle the bacon, cheese, red pepper, and shallot over each plate. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve immediately.


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