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Simple after holiday Salad: Arugula, Pear & Asiago Cheese

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While I was travelling through Friuli, Italy I had this lovely light salad. I am sure most of us are a bit on the stuffed side and wish to go light ... What is light yet zippy with taste ?

 

Try this salad ... I use an Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Vinaigrette or a touch Modena ...

 

Arugula, Pear & Asiago Cheese Salad, ( I substitute Pears for Ruby Red Grapefruit and / or Blood Oranges ) ...

 

8 Ounces loosely packed Arugula or lettuce of your choice ( I combine with Fennel, Endive and Radicchio )

 

3 tblsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( green not gold )

 

4 pears peeled, cored and sliced or Ruby Grapefruit and / or Blood Oranges without pith and without zest

 

3 tblsps walnuts

 

1) place the lettuces of choice on platter after having washed and trimmed ( and fennel )

2) drizzle extra virgin olive oil

3) season with salt and freshly grinded black pepper

4) toss to coat

5) add a bit of Modena or Fresh Lemon juice or vinegar of choice

6) toss again

7) top with the fruit of choice, then the Asiago cheese or Parmesano or Lucatelli Romano or Fiore Sardi if you cannot purchase Asiago ... and then the walnuts ...

 

A hot out of the oven loaf and a good glass of wine ... I would suggest a Riesling or a Chenin Blanc ...  

 

     

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In late summer, I make something with pears and cheese.. for a dessert. In fact, it's a classic and so easy to make.

 

Peel some just going ripe pears and quarter, remove the core. Fry the quartered pears in a pan in a very good butter, no oil! Sprinkle generous with plain white sugar. Let caramelize a little. Squeeze a little lemonjuice over it. Gently crumble some wallnuts in your fist and sprinkle over the pears. Toss gently so the wallnuts get coated with the soft butter-sugar-pearjuices caramel.

Plate and put a nice cut of Gorgonzola dulce on top. Squeeze a little liquid honey over the cheese. Serve while pears are luke warm. A small glass of cool Pineau de Charentes goes very well with it.

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Thank you for your input, sounds nice, shall have to try out.

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