Wine poached pears are one of the most delicious and easy things to make. Perfect for fancy dessert but did you know they make a great salad too? So here is the recipe for a delicious Poached Pear salad with a bit of cheese to create magic.
Wine poached pears are one of my trademark desserts, all my friends and family love it. And almost always after a party, I end up using the leftovers (because I do make extra, I am smart like that) for a Poached Pear salad. Add some fresh salad leaves, some soft cheese and it is like an extension of the party itself. And I have to admit, there have been occasions that I have indeed made poached pears specifically for the salad. Perfect use of that little leftover wine if you ask me.
For this version of the salad, I have used a mix of red lettuce, green lettuce, rocket and baby red amaranth leaves. But I really think most salad greens will work here apart from iceberg lettuce. Ok, I will let you in with a little secret here. I don’t like iceberg lettuce much. I think it lacks in flavor and the only time I really use it when making lettuce boats/rolls.
Coming to cheese, I used a paprika flavored boursin cheese I picked up from 10 cuts of cheese. (Read about 10cuts of cheese on the linked Instagram picture). But most soft cheeses will work here. At some point in time, I have indeed used – cream cheese, goat cheese, blue cheese, ricotta and fresh mozzarella. So don’t worry too much and add whatever you have in the pantry.
Like always, use this (and most) salad recipe as a guideline and create the salad that you and your family will enjoy.