Frisée with Pears, Goat Cheese, and Salted Pecans

by Michelle on September 3, 2010

Pears are one of my favorite fruits, yet I don’t serve them as much as I should. And when I saw the recipe for Tyler Florence’s Frisée with Pears, Goat Cheese, and Salted Pecans salad I immediately bookmarked it! But the bookmarking took place well over a year ago. There’s just too many recipes and not enough time to make them all. But now after tasting it, this salad is certainly in my top ten. It was outstanding! And being a non-salad person that’s saying quite a bit!

In fact, as soon as I mixed up the dressing and tasted it, there was so way I was waiting 24 hours to make the salad. I had planned on serving the salad with Sauteed Chicken but as soon as I finished my salad, I promptly got a larger plate of salad, added sliced Granny Smith Apples, Fresh Raspberries and more Toasted Pecans which made the salad that much better.





Frisée with Pears, Goat Cheese, and Salted Pecans

Dressing:
1/2 c. Mayonnaise
1/2 Sour Cream)
2 TBL Dijon Mustard
2 TBL Lemon Juice
1 TBL Honey
3-4 Green Onions, chopped
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
4 TBL Buttermilk

Salad:
2 Pears (I used red Bartlet pears), sliced thin
5-6 cups Frisée and Romaine Lettuce
3/4 cup salted pecan halves, toasted
3/4 cup crumbled Goat Cheese
1/2 TBL Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 Granny Smith Apple, sliced thin
1/2 c. Fresh Raspberries

To Toast the Pecans: In a small frying pan over medium low heat EVOO. When Oil is warm add the Pecans. Just toast until Pecan have slightly turned color. These burn easily so be careful. Remove the Pecans and set aside to cool.

In a small bowl combine Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Mustard, Lemon Juice, Honey, Green Onions, Buttermilk, Salt and Pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

For the Salad: In a large bowl break up Lettuce and add the slices of Pears and Apples. Drizzle with the dressing and toss well. Plate the salad and top with toasted Pecans, crumbled Goat Cheese and Fresh Raspberries.






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  • Angie's Recipes September 3, 2010 at 3:18 am

    A very beautiful and delicious salad! The addition of raspberries has liven up the whole salad.

  • pam September 3, 2010 at 6:00 am

    This is one that I’ve marked forever also!! Thanks for reminding me and I love your additions!

  • Kim September 3, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Michelle- This recipe is fantastic!! I made this one awhile ago and loved it. I love that you added apple and raspberries. It looks gorgeous:)

  • maria September 3, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Looks delicious!

  • Jenny Flake September 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

    This looks like the perfect salad!!

  • Tracy September 3, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I should really do more with pears too – this looks wonderful!

  • Jen @ How To: Simplify September 3, 2010 at 10:47 am

    This salad looks so fresh and inviting! I love anything with goat cheese on it!

  • Joanne September 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I’m not a salad person either but I do like those that have interesting toppings…anything with nuts and fruit and cheese works for me! Delicious.

  • Susan September 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I love pears in salad but the dressing really knocks this one out of the ballpark!

  • tasteofbeirut September 4, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Looks like I could inhale this salad!

  • Kayte September 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    This is one beautiful salad! Need to make this one…company this weekend, perfect thing to do a little wow factor. Wow. Thanks again. And again. And again.

  • Cookin' Canuck September 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful fall salad. Nice mixture of sweet and salty.

  • Chaya September 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    These looks too good to be true. I love the ingredients and I can imagine how they blend together. Would you like to link this to My Meatless Mondays?
    http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2010/09/meatless-mondays-september-7-2010.html

  • Jeanette February 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I love all the fruits in this green salad. I might lighten up the dressing if I make this.

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