Appetizer Brunch Food and Drink Salad

Port Poached Pear Salad

Last modified on February 5th, 2018 at 9:18 am

There are certain fruits that no matter how they are prepared, remain elegant and graceful. Fruits like figs, cherries and pears are equally as visually rich and decadent as they are eaten. Our port poached pear salad combines a crumbly cheese and a vinaigrette reduction that can elevate any salad, and paired with your choice of protein, can elevate any dinner meal.Bon appetit xo

Chef Sous Chef

Port Poached Pear Salad
Port Poached Pear Salad

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Port Poached Pear Salad

Port Poached Pear Salad

Pears combined with a crumbly cheese and a vinaigrette reduction can elevate any salad, but when you poach the pears in port, it brings it to a whole new level.

  • Author: Chef Sous Chef
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Food + Drink, Appetizer, Main Dish, Snack

Ingredients

  • 4 small bosc or bartlett pears
  • 2 cups port
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium cinnamon stick
  • 1 small shallot (diced)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp champagne or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 6 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  • 200 g your favourite crumbly cheese (Water buffalo or goat cheese are great)
  • 200 g your favourite crumbly cheese (Water buffalo or goat cheese are great)

Instructions

No. 1 | In a medium saucepan, bring port, water and cinnamon to a boil. While waiting to boil peel the skin from the pears leaving the stems intact. Cut a small piece off the bottom to ensure they stand straight.

No. 2 | Reduce heat to simmer and place pears on their sides in poaching liquid, cover and cook for 25 minutes.

No. 3 | Turn pears and poach for an additional 25 minutes.

No. 4 | Remove pears and allow to cool.

No. 5 | Meanwhile in a small frying pan preheated to medium heat add olive oil, then shallots. Allow to cook for 1 minute and remove from heat. Add vinegar, 2 tbsp poaching liquid and mustard and stir to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

No. 6 | In a large bowl toss arugula with the warm dressing.

No. 7 | Plate the arugula first, set pear on top and sprinkle with walnuts and cheese. Drizzle with additional dressing if desired.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Janet November 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Poached pears are so tasty. I made this for my boyfriend and I and he said it was the best salad he ever had!

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