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Poached Pear Salad

Best Cheese and Poached Pear Salad

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine global vegetarian
Servings 8 servings


For the poached pear

  • 4 pear
  • 1 bottle red wine (750ml)
  • 1 vanilla bean split
  • 1 inch lemon peel
  • 1 inch orange peel
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 whole peppercons
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked paprika

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp wine syrup from the poached pears
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper

For the salad

  • 1.5 cup mixed salad greens
  • 2 cucumber sliced
  • 10-12 Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup cheese
  • 2 tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds
  • poached pears


  • In a large pan, bring to boil wine mixed with sugar and spices. Add pears cored and cut in half. Keep the flat side down and simmer for 15-20 minutes, till the pears are tender.
  • Remove the pears from the pan and set aside. Reserve the wine syrup for later.
  • Emulsify the salad dressing ingredients together.
  • In a large bowl, mix together salad leaves, cucumber and cherry tomato. Add half of the dressing and gently mix.
  • For serving, arrange the salad mix on a plate. Add sliced poached pears, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and drizzle some more dressing on top.
  • I like to add little flowers of piped soft cheese but you can just randomly spread some. Serve immediately.
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