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Pear & Pecan Salad with Parmesan Crisps

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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


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!

Pear & Pecan Salad with Parmesan Crisps - how to make Parmesan Crisps from SimplifyLiveLove.com #StellaTakesManhattan #adThe 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.

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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.

Pear & Pecan Salad with Parmesan Crisps - ingredients from SimplifyLiveLove.com

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.

Pear & Pecan Salad with Parmesan Crisps

Pear & Pecan Salad with Parmesan Crisps

An easy to make salad that is both delicious and classy, sure to impress your guests for a fancy celebration.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes


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



  1. Whisk together all ingredients.

Parmesan Crisps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pile 1-2 TBS of grated Stella Parmesan cheese on a silicon baking mat.
  3. Bake for 3-5 minutes until crisp and bubbly.

To Make the Salad

  1. Simply plate the greens, pear, and green onion on individual plates. Add the Parmesan Crisps and top with dressing.
  2. Enjoy!


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.

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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.

Additionally, check out Stella Cheese on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. They share some amazing recipes featuring their delicious cheeses!

Do you enjoy dinner and movie nights? I’d love to hear how you make them special. 

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blank[email protected]/wp says

    I love Cheese and make lots of crisps from it. When making my cheese crisps, since I don’t have a silicone baking sheet, I use parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet. I’ve even been know to make them in the microwave on occasion – well. . . . . actually quite often!

    These look delicious, and a lovely accompaniment for the fresh pear salad. (They’re picking pears right now – down the road from us!!) Time to get some at the you-pick!

  2. blankKelly says

    I don’t use silicone, so do you think the cheese would work well on cast iron or stainless steel? I’ve done it in a skillet (my kids call it fried cheese). I’ve never thought about putting that on a salad. It sounds great!

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