When I think spring food I always think of wonderful salad. Light, fresh, and tasty, a spring salad is always a great addition to any meal.
So today I’m going to share with you a delicious spring salad that is easy to prepare and pretty gorgeous to look at too.
Here are the ingredients you will need for this divine dish:
And for the dressing:
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. No, we’re not going to bake the salad but we are going to toast some almonds! (If you by pre-roasted almonds you can skip step 1 and 4).
Step 2: Cut or tear up your greens. Do you cut or tear your lettuce? I used to be a tear-er but now I like to cut it. It seems to get more uniform sized pieces and it’s faster!
Step 3: Chop up two of your pears (save the third for later!). These pears are going to be put in the salad raw.
*Beginners Tip: To have nice semi-uniform pieces first cut the pear down the middle and take out the core.
Flip the pear over and cut horizontal slices all the way down the pear.
Then cut the pear vertically. You will have quickly and neatly chopped your pear!
Step 4: Put your sliced raw almonds in a baking dish and put them in your preheated oven.
Cook for 5 minutes, shake the pan/turn the almonds over, then cook for another 5 minutes. You’ll start to smell that wonderful nutty aroma and you’ll know they are done. Be careful not to burn them!
Step 5: While your almonds are toasting cut or crumble your goat cheese. You can buy this pre-crumbled but I feel it’s much more moist when you buy it when it’s still whole.
Step 6: Take your third pear and cut it into long slices. We are going to cook these pears so we have a warm, soft, and sweet addition to contrast with the crisp raw pears.
Step 7: Place your sliced pears into a pan and sprinkle a little brown sugar on top. You don’t want to add too much sugar since the pears are already naturally sweet. The sugar is just going to help caramelize the pears a bit.
Step 8: Cook over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes turning the pears halfway through. The brown sugar will start to bubble and the pears will get soft. Basically when your kitchen smells like heaven take them off the fire.
Step 9: Dressing time! To make this simple vinaigrette you will need olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of sugar. Find a container to hold your dressing. I like using these little bottles from Ikea since I can pour the dressing right through the top.
Add equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar to your bottle and then a pinch of regular table sugar. Then, whisk or shake the ingredients together. Taste it and add more oil or vinegar to your liking.
Step 10: Assemble your salad! Mix the raw pears and most of the goat cheese in with the lettuce and the warm pears on top with a garnish of goat cheese. Sprinkle on your toasted almonds.
This is such a yummy salad that not only tastes great but looks pretty fancy too. And if you’re not used to putting fruit, nuts, and cheese in your salad don’t be afraid! These ingredients do go together!
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