Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Warm Wilted Greens with Pears, Pecans and Goat Cheese

Tonight is a night for homework and dress rehearsal for the play. Here is a recipe from my files to keep you going until I have time to write more. This is an elegant and Very Simple salad for entertaining or dinner anytime. It's an excerpt from Fresh Maine Salads...

Warm wilted greens with pears, pecans and goat cheese
Many fancy restaurants have a version of this recipe. This one is simple and delicious. Add vegetables, as you like to give it your own special flare. Appleton Creamery has wonderful chevre- they have several flavors- all of which are scrumptious.
For the salad:
2 ripe Anjou pears
1 T lemon juice
1 c pecans
6 c baby greens
6 to 8 oz chevre
3 baby Vidalia onions
For the dressing:
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 T balsamic vinegar
4 T olive oil
1⁄2 t salt
1⁄2 t fresh ground pepper
1 t sugar or splenda
For the salad:
Wash and dry the greens. Place in a large bowl. Wash, trim and slice the baby Vidalias. Add to greens. Add pecans.
Rinse and core the pears. Coarsely chop. Toss with 1 T lemon juice. Add pears to the greens.
Crumble the chevre into 1⁄2 inch chunks toss with the vegetables.
In a small sauce pan heat the dressing ingredients. When warm pour over the salad and toss. The greens will wilt and the chevre will begin to soften. Serve immediately.

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