Chopped Pear and Watercress Salad with Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Walnuts

October 2, 2011

 

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Ok, so this is my last post for a little while (I’m getting married on Saturday!). So I wanted it to be a good one. Something tasty and healthy. And seasonal. Did you know pears are in season right now?

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You can make this salad with any kind of lettuce you like. I use bib lettuce because it’s mild in flavor, rather than bitter like mixed greens can be.  I also have a soft spot for bib lettuce. When I lived in France, I used to buy it from a local grocer who owned a small produce shop. It was actually two grocers, a crazy old couple who insisted on selling me lettuce with spots and bugs and all that natural “goodness.” Silly Americans like their lettuce pristine.

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Watercress gives the salad some bite, a crisp, peppery flavor. If you can’t find it, you could sub in arugula instead.

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Ingredients: (makes 2 large salads)

2 heads bib lettuce, washed and chopped

1 bunch watercress, washed and chopped (discard stems)

3 pears cored and chopped

1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries

1 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted

2 Tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled

2 Tablespoons olive oil

juice and zest of 1 small lemon

pinch of salt and pepper

Directions: In a large mixing bowl, combine the lettuce, watercress, pear, and cranberries.

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Next, add the toasted walnuts. (To toast the nuts, heat them on the stove top on medium heat until they become fragrant and slightly oily.)

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Toss together with the lemon juice, zest, olive oil and goat cheese. Crumble the goat cheese before adding it to the salad.

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Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

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Serve with toasted pita or a French bread.  This salad is large enough to serve as a main meal, but you could half the portion size and serve it as a side salad instead.

Now I’m off to enjoy my last week as a “Miss!”

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{ 3 comments }

natalie (the sweets life) October 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

ahh congrats! have a blast!! :)

Ranjani October 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Looks delicious! Have a wonderful wedding!

Katie @ BloomEveryday October 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Oh my – this looks so fresh. I would love this!

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