CONSTRUCTED PEAR SALAD

This is one of those fabulous culinary ideas that fall into the “why didn’t I think of that” category!
How many times have I eaten this salad all chopped up and tossed together, but never thought of constructing it into a stunning pear tower of Autumnal flavor!

I knew the first time I saw this beauty in a foodie magazine that I would make it. But like most things I make… I put my own StoneGable spin on it. The addition of prosciutto and munchkin grapes add to the depth of flavors and gives a nice textural crunch.

This is an “IT ‘S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE” recipe. You can add or makes substitutions to suite your individual taste and content in your cupboards. If you can find these darling munchkin grapes they are worth getting. These are NOT dried fruit. But real bitty fresh purple grapes!  Sweet and so tiny, they add such pizzazz to the salad!
This is a company worthy meal starter or a great main course for lunch.  I am having a little soiree next week and will include this ON THE MENU!

StoneGable Constructed Pear Salad
5~Perfect ripe pears with stems attached 
2 cups Mixed greens
1 cup Arugula
1/2 cup Arugula, for garnish
1/4 cup pan roasted pecans, cooled and rough chopped
1/2 cup munchkin grapes (or use golden raisins, craisins, dried cherries, dried fig, etc)
1/4 cup bleu cheese crumbles
champagne vinaigrette (recipe follows)
6 thin slices of prosciutto 
honey, to drizzle
Champagne Vinaigrette
1/2 cup good olive oil (I use light OO for this recipe)
2-3 TBS good champagne vinegar
1 tsp honey
1/8 tsp dijon mustard
Mix well. Set aside
In a large no-stick skillet, cook prosciutto until crisp. Remove from heat and cool.
Choose 5 great fresh ripe pears.
Turn 4 pears on it’s side and cut into 4 rounds.

Using an apple corer, remove the core of all the pear rounds EXCEPT the top with the stem attached.
In a large bowl mix the greens, pecans, cheese and grapes. Add just enough dressing to coat the greens.

Toss

Divide the arugula for garnish between 4 plates.
Place the bottom of the pear on a plate. 
Top with salad. Add a piece of prosciutto over the salad and add the next pear round to the stack. 

Continue to construct the pear, ending with the stem round.
Cut the 5th pear into slivers and fan several on a plate. Garnish with munchkin grapes and a piece of prosciutto.
Drizzle with  a little honey and serve.
Makes a gorgeous presentation! 
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Comments

  1. says

    That is so funny we posted on the same thing! I used red pear, so a little different! That was my very first blog post in 2008! I remember seeing in a mag in the hair salon.

    Yours looks delicious!
    I use a toothpick to mark the pieces in the front so I know how to get them back in the right place.

  2. says

    Oh my this looks amazing!
    I’m making this over the weekend if not sooner :) Yum.

    I’m just catching up with you ~ wow, you’ve been over the top busy and I really need to try some of these recipes.

    Jo

  3. says

    Yvonne, What a wonderful presentation and over the top salad. Your guests are very fortunate to get to enjoy this salad. I look forward to every post!

  4. says

    Yvonne I can smell and taste this right through the page! Beautiful with so many of my favorites! Yum!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

    I hope you will join my special Giveaway from Interieurs!

  5. says

    Breathtakingly beautiful! I think I saw this in a magazine too because I made a mental note (which I’d forgotten so thank you for reminding me!) that I’d like to try something like this. I love this salad but and make a similar version with bacon. The Prosciutto sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to try your dressing recipe. Your photos are just gorgeous, Yvonne! In fact, I don’t remember the one I saw in a publication being anywhere near this gorgeous! I’ve been craving this salad and anxious to try your version!

    Thank you again for hosting the giveaway!

    Blessings to you friend,

    Nancy

  6. says

    What a feast for the eyes & tastebuds! I have a friend joining me for lunch next week~ this will be PERFECT! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  7. says

    Dear Yvonne,

    I am very, very honored that you came to leave a comment on my blog. YOUR BLOG is stunning and this recipe is something that I would have NEVER CONCEIVED, ever! Fall is definitely coming to us here in Minneapolis, and it is a beautiful time of year. Thank you for your kind words and enjoy cooking, decorating for fall, and family fun!!! Anita

  8. says

    Rita’s blog had you as one of the blogs. StoneGable is a fun blog with recipes I have not tried with pears. thank you for the fun giveaway! I purchased a black and white tea cup and the black transferware pattern would make a wonderful addition for me to do a tablescape. thank you for the giveaway, please enter my name into the hat!

  9. says

    We used this recipe for our Gourmet Club dinner. We have been getting together for close to 20 years and we all agreed this was the most spectacular salad we have ever made. Thank you for sharing. Your photos are an inspiration.

  10. says

    This is an absolutely stunning presentation of one of my favorite salads. I am having a holiday dinner (between Thanksgiving and Christmas) at my house and I cannot wait to make this. Thank you for the inspiration and beautiful pictures!

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