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Bizarrely, I have always liked goat cheese salad even though I have never been a great fan of goat cheese. I guess it’s that amazing combination of warm goat cheese and honey, cinnamon flavoured pear, pine nuts and beetroot that make me happy with the savour and texture of this dish …. My goat cheese salad is perfect for smart lunch or light supper, however it would also make an excellent starter when cooking for friends.

Just so you know, I created the recipe myself, though I was inspired by several salads I have eaten in various restaurants. The recipe is quick and can be easily adjusted by adding more or less ingredients. I used a honey-mustard-lime juice dressing, yet you may want to substitute it with a good quality virgin olive oil and balsamico. Finally, warm crunchy ciabatta and well chilled white wine, will perfectly accompany this meal.

Satisfying, full of flavours, elegant – enjoy it!

Goat cheese salad with poached pear

Serves 2

goat cheese salad

by Asia(Jo)

You will need:

1 package of mixed baby leaves lettuce

1 cooked beetroot, cut into quarters and sliced

2 radishes, sliced

1 spring onion, sliced

4 large cherry tomatoes, halved

2 logs of soft goat cheese

2 tablespoons of honey

1 handful of pine nuts, toasted

2 small pears

1 small cinnamon stick

zest of 1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 glass of white wine

cold water

1 pre baked ciabata bread

For the dressing: This time I didn’t follow a recipe, just mixed some Dijon mustard with honey, lime juice and olive oil, salt and pepper.

Preparation:

If unwashed, clean the lettuce and then divide between two large plates. Add the beetroot, tomatoes, radish and spring onion.

To poach the pears, peal and place in the pan together with white wine, cinnamon stick, lemon zest, sugar. Add cold water to cover the pears. Cook for a few minutes making sure the fruit is soft yet firm at the same time. Avoid overcooking the pears for esthetic reasons.

Arrange the goat cheese in a lightly greased ovenproof dish. Pour over the honey and warm up in a moderate oven. Spoon the dressing over the salad leaves. Arrange the pears in the middle of each plate and finally add the warm goat cheese. To serve, sprinkle the cheese with some toasted pine nuts. This will make a difference to the flavour!

It’s a lovely salad – give it a try :)

poached pear

by Asia(Jo)


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