Honey Roasted Pear Salad with Goat Cheese (ME)

Honey Roasted Pear Salad with Goat Cheese

If you love roasted pears, goat cheese, or both this salad is divine! It takes minimal time to prepare and tastes like something out of a gourmet kitchen. You really can’t go wrong with fresh goat cheese, a little honey and roasted fruit.

  • For simplicity and time saving you can always replace the handmade dressing below with your favorite salad dressing from the market. Any sweeter, lighter vinaigrette is an ideal accompaniment. You can also substitute the pears for peaches or apples. All of which are delicious when roasted with a little butter and honey. Add nuts, dried cranberries, fresh raspberries or your other favorites for additional twists. But the simple flavors of this salad are perfection.

  • INGREDIENTS
    SALAD
    8 Cups Baby Arugula
    3.5 oz. Goat Cheese
    2 Bosc Pears – Cut in 1/2 and cored (choose fruit that is firm and golden)
    4 Tbsp Butter, divided
    8 Tbsp Honey, divided
    Fresh Ground Sea Salt
    Fresh Ground Pepper

    DRESSING
    1 Blood Orange (juice fresh squeezed)
    2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
    4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    2 Tbsp Honey
    1 tsp Fresh Ground Sea Salt
    1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

    Bosc Pears, Ready for the Oven

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Melt butter in a small dish. Spread 2 Tbsp Melted Butter on a baking sheet. Lay 1/2 pears flesh down on the buttered baking dish. Rub tops of pears with remaining 2 Tbsp Butter. Drizzle with 4 Tbsp Honey, Sprinkle with fresh ground sea salt and pepper.
    3. Put pears in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes or until pierced through easily with a fork.
    4. While Pears are roasting, divide Arugula in 4 salad bowls and make salad dressing.
    5. DRESSING: Squeeze juice of one blood orange into a plastic or glass container. Add vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk thoroughly.
    6. When pears are finished, remove from oven. Drizzle freshly whisked salad dressing over the arugula. Place warm pears, flesh side up on salad. Divide goat cheese evenly between the salads and scoop into center of pears. Drizzle with 4 Tbsp honey. Finish with fresh ground black pepper. Enjoy!

    1. Tim

      March 30th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Pears, honey and goat cheese. Hmm. that pretty much sums it up. Delicious! As someone who tends to prefer entrees and desserts I have to admit I was hooked by this salad. Wonderful!!

    2. Mia

      February 19th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      This salad is amazing! I cut the amounts of butter and honey on the pears in half, and they were still quite succulent.

    3. Jes

      February 20th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Wonderful Mia, I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for the tip on the reduction of Honey and Butter. Sometimes less is more! 🙂

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