nutritional information


  • Calories: 246
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Total Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Cholesterol: 9 mg
  • Sodium: 211 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Sugar: 16 g

Maple-Roasted Pear Salad

Maple-Roasted Pear Salad

Serves 8

This tangy-sweet salad is a good excuse to explore the gourmet cheese section of your supermarket and try something like Zamorano, a cheese made from aged sheep’s milk in the Castile-León region of Spain.
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs. hazelnut, walnut, or olive oil
  • 4 small firm Bosc pears, halved
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • 3 oz. Parmesan, Pecorino, Zamorano, or other hard cheese
Beet Dressing
  • 3 Tbs. hazelnut, walnut, or olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced (2 Tbs.)
  • 1 ½ Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. whole-grain mustard
  • 8 oz. cooked beets, finely diced (1 cup)
  1. To make Salad: Preheat oven to 400°F, and line baking sheet with foil. Whisk together maple syrup and hazelnut oil in bowl. Brush oil mixture on pears, and place cut-side down on prepared baking sheet. Roast 22 minutes, or until pears are tender and cut sides caramelized. Set aside to cool.
  2. Reduce oven heat to 350˚F. Spread hazelnuts on baking sheet, and toast 7 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to kitchen towel, and rub off skins with towel. Cool, chop, and set aside.
  3. To make Beet Dressing: Whisk together oil, vinegar, shallot, honey, and mustard in bowl. Stir in beets, and season with salt and pepper. Toss arugula with Beet Dressing in bowl. Divide among 8 plates, and top each with pear half. Shave cheese over each salad with vegetable peeler, and sprinkle with hazelnuts.
November 2007

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Excellent Salad!!! Always a favorite

valeria grabowski - 2012-05-23 22:40:55

One thing--be sure to remove the roasted pears from the pan *as soon as it comes out of the oven* so they aren't stuck. I've just put mine back in the oven to loosen the sugars and unglue the pears.

Maggie - 2009-11-25 21:39:12

I've been making this salad for Christmas dinner for a few years. It's a treat for the eyes and for the tastebuds.

Sandy - 2010-12-23 15:40:11