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If you need a “classy” side that’s not too hard to make and delicious to eat, this recipe for Pear & Pecan Salad with Parmesan Crisps is for you! The Parmesan Crisps are deceptively easy to make and will wow and impress guests. Combined with the tang of the dressing and sweet crunch of the pears and pecans, this salad is sure to become one of your favorite salads to serve anytime you want an impressive meal accompaniment for a special occasion!
Pear & Pecan Salad with Parmesan Crisps
Are you following me on facebook or instagram? If so, you know that we’ve been working really hard the last few weeks moving out of our barn and into our new Passive-Aggressive House. While the barn was a nice, inexpensive place to live while we built our house, we did have a few complaints. One of my husband’s major complaints about the barn was there was no real place to relax. The small space did not allow for a comfortable couch for lounging, TV watching, or moving viewing. One of my real complaints was the lack of a nice kitchen for cooking. We’re out of the barn now and excited to have both a wonderful space for relaxing AND an impressive kitchen for creating delicious food. We’ll be celebrating soon with a fancy movie and dinner night for two, and this salad will take center stage.
Let’s get started!
The first thing to do is make the Parmesan Crisps. They are an integral part of this salad and look very fancy – but they are so simple to make! All you need to do is grate a nice hard cheese – I used Stella’s Parmesan Cheese, but Stella also makes a Mediterranean Parmesan Cheese I would have loved to use in these crisps if I could have found it at the store.
Simply place 1-2 TBS of grated Parmesan cheese in mounds on a silicon baking mat and bake in preheated oven (400 degrees) for 3-5 minutes. Let cool completely and then break apart or garnish your salad with an entire Parmesan crisp.
After your crisps are made, prepare the salads. Honestly, I sliced the pear and green onion and then just plated the salads individually instead of making a big salad in a bowl. I mounded a large handful of greens, then added the sliced pear, sliced green onion,and pecans, and topped with parmesan crisps and drizzled on the balsamic dressing. Here’s the formal recipe.
For the Salad
- 1 bag prewashed spring mix salad, preferably organic
- 1 pear, sliced into thin strips
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
For the Dressing
- 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 small clove crushed garlic
- 1-1 TBS honey, preferably local raw honey
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated pepper
For the Parmesan Crisps
- freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Whisk together all ingredients.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Pile 1-2 TBS of grated Stella Parmesan cheese on a silicon baking mat.
- Bake for 3-5 minutes until crisp and bubbly.
To Make the Salad
- Simply plate the greens, pear, and green onion on individual plates. Add the Parmesan Crisps and top with dressing.
Make the crisps earlier in the day, or even the day before, so they're ready to when you need them.
A little bit about Stella Cheese
Stella® cheeses date back to 1923 and combine old world craftsmanship and flavor with rich dairy heritage. I was disappointed to only find Parmesan Cheese at my grocery store because Stella makes quite the lineup of delicious sounding cheeses from shredded to crumbled and sharp to sweet, including Rosemary Medium Asiago, Mediterranean Parmesan, Italian Sharp, Black Pepper Romano.
Win Dinner & Show in New York City!
In addition to the salad recipe in this post, I’m also excited to tell you about a Dinner & Show promotion from Stella Cheese! Would you like a three day, two night trip to New York City with a $500 gift card, dinner for two, and two tickets to a Broadway show!? I know I would! While I’m seriously looking forward to a date night in my own home, I would love a trip to NYC even more! 😀
To enter this exciting contest, head over to Stella Cheese’s website and fill out the online entry form! One entry per e-mail address per day. The giveaway ends October 31, 2015 and Grand Prize winner will be notified within ten (10) days of the drawing.
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Do you enjoy dinner and movie nights? I’d love to hear how you make them special.