Pear, Candied Walnut & Green Leafy Salad

It has been long since I last put up my post….actually it seems like starting new. Got quite tied up with Diwali festivities, vacations and other activities focusing home and family. So I thought to start with simple salad with beautiful mixture of colours and textures. I had all the ingredients ready with me including dressing. I only had to caramelise walnuts to give crunchy and sweet taste to salad. caramalised-walnut-pear-salad

Takes: 15 minutes

Serves: 2 person

Need:  Non stick pan for caramelising walnuts, a large mixing bowl

Ingredients:

  1. Pear – 1 large
  2. Walnuts – 1/2 cup
  3. Rocket salad Leaves  or any Greens available – 3 cups trimmed and thickly chopped
  4. Salad Dressing – 2 tablespoons. Recipe is given below
  5. Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  6. Butter – 1 teaspoon melted

Ingredients For Dressing :  Prepare and store

  1. Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  2. Vinegar – 2 tablespoons
  3. Honey – 2 tablespoons
  4. Sugar Powder – 1 teaspoon
  5. lime Juice – 1 tablespoon
  6. Salt – 1 teaspoon
  7. Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon
  8. Dijon Mustard – 1 teaspoon ( or use any with little grains)

Method:

  1. To caramelise walnuts -Melt butter in a pan. Add sugar and cook till it melts and turns gold. Add walnuts and stir in sugar syrup till coated and candied,
  2. Cut pear into thin long slices.
  3. Now mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Keep in refrigerator.
  4. Serve cold. Drizzle dressing just before serving.

To make And Store Salad Dressing :

Combine all the ingredients in a screw top jar, shake until well mixed. Store in refrigerator.

Tips & Tricks:

  • This is a classic salad that can be served as a light meal on its own or can be used as a accompaniment
  • Serve cold for crunchy salad
  • Soak leaves in ice cold water before adding to salad for that extra crisp
  • Slice pear just before use or else it will turn pinkish if kept for long.
  • In case you want to prepare in advance  then coat the diced pears with lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown
  • Add candied walnuts just before serving

 

 

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