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warm goat cheese and pear salad with walnuts

Recipe by
Elaine Moretti
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

I found this recipe in one of those elementary school cookbooks that the PTA put together to raise money. It is a big hit every time I serve it. I don't use the salad dressing in this recipe - I use Ken's Italian dressing. I also usually use canned pears - because they are just the right ripeness. I also usually double the cheese amount since everyone always wants another piece.

yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 25 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Saute

Ingredients For warm goat cheese and pear salad with walnuts

  • 1 1/4 c
    bread crumbs (i use progresso italian)
  • 2 tsp
    dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1
    egg - beaten
  • 11 oz
    soft goat cheese - cut into 8 rounds
  • 2 Tbsp
    white vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp
    white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    dijon mustard
  • 1/2 c
    walnut oil
  • 3 Tbsp
    walnut oil
  • 8 c
    mixed greens
  • 2
    large ripe pears, peeled and cored (i have used canned pears)
  • 1/3 c
    chopped walnuts

How To Make warm goat cheese and pear salad with walnuts

  • 1
    Mix breadcrumbs and thyme in a pie plate - season goat cheese rounds with salt and pepper. Dip each cheese round into the beaten egg and then into breadcrumb mixture, coating completely, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • 2
    Whisk all the vinegar and all the mustard in small bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the ½ cup oil Season with salt and pepper
  • 3
    Combine greens and pears in a large bowl
  • 4
    Heat remaining oil (3 tbls) in skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts and saute until toasted. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon. Working in batches, add cheese rounds to skillet and sauté until crisp. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat. Divide among plates. Place a cheese round in the center of each salad and sprinkle with walnuts.

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