Strawberry, Caramelized Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

Strawberry, Caramelized Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

A few years ago I would have never even thought of eating something like this. Fruit is sweet and has no business inside a savory dish. I was so wrong.

Strawberry, Caramelized Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

Peel and core a half of one Williams pear. Slice it relatively thin and coat in 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp dark Muscovado sugar. Caramelise on 1,5 Tbsp olive oil on low heat, until pears get soft. Take a handful of arugula leaves and a couple of lemon balm leaves and put on a serving plate. Toss over 2 sliced strawberries, caramelized pear slices and pieces of soft blue cheese of your choice (I used Bergader Bavaria blu). Season with ground black pepper and balsamic vinegar.

Note: This is my entry to Weekend Herb Blogging event, hosted this week by Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen.

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  • Surac April 24, 2010 12:03 pm

    Pozdrav,vrlo socno izgleda…

  • Ana Powell April 24, 2010 2:54 pm

    Love this combination of flavours.Great photo x

  • Andrea April 25, 2010 2:37 am

    Koja savršena salata, ovo moram isprobati čim nađem jagode. :)

  • annabelle April 25, 2010 4:44 am

    ja sam jos uvijek u tom djiru da mi nema sto voce traziti u salati :)) ali ovo izgleda jako privlacno

  • Cookin’ Canuck April 25, 2010 2:23 pm

    Oh yes, how I love the combination of sweet and savory ingredients. This looks like a wonderful salad.

  • WizzyTheStick April 25, 2010 5:44 pm

    I put fruit in my salads all the time:-) I think it's a nice pairing with salads and this is a great example of such

  • Tadeja April 26, 2010 2:14 am

    Dok nisam probala salatu sa kruškama,sirom i rikulom, tvrdila sam i ja da voće nema šta tražiti u slanim salatama. Sad već znam da takve kombinacije mogu biti izvrsne. Izgleda stvarno svježe i sočno!

  • Winnie April 26, 2010 6:27 am

    This salad looks fantastic! Thanks for contributing to WHB- the round up is now posted.

  • Snježa April 26, 2010 7:04 am

    Isto sam i ja mislila do nedavno. A mog dragog muža ne bih mogla ni natjerati probati tako nešto. Prekrasna osvježavajuća salata.

  • The Food Hunter April 26, 2010 10:27 am

    Great salad

  • Juc April 27, 2010 12:43 pm

    Mmm, vkuzna! I love rucola, with cheese and grilled fruits! Haven´t tried pears yet, though!

  • April 27, 2010 3:39 pm

    I posted an entry on my own blog that linked back to this recipe and offered a wine pairing suggestions. I said:Salads with sweet ingredients can be a wonderful meal or meal starter, especially with the tart flavors in the blue cheese to counterbalance the sweet. We often use this mechanism with the Strawberry wine at wine tastings. My recomended pairing for this salad would be a medium dry Riesling. The wine should not be too sweet as I would expect it will overpower the delicate sweetness in the salad; a little bit will join up with the salad quite well. A drier Riesling will work, but it might oppose the salad too much so I would be careful to select from a region that is known for a bit of residual sweetness, like the Columbia Valley in WA. For this reason I would not recomend Sauvignon Blanc which is typically dry, but I would for a salad with more vegetables and some herbs in the dressing.at some of the e-mail responses I got several friends are definitely going to try to salad, and maybe the wine suggestion. Thank you for posting.Jason

  • papawow April 27, 2010 5:49 pm

    Yum! I love putting fruit in my salads but for some reason I have never thought of using caramelized fruit. I will definitely give this a try. Thanks!

  • Gaga April 28, 2010 12:17 am

    Uopšte ne mogu da zamislim ukus salate. Ja sam od onih kojima na samu pomisao ne idu zajedno voćno-povrćne kombinacije, tako da i ne pravim tako nešto. Ali priznajem da ovo na tvojoj slici deluje fantastično.

  • stefania.confidential April 28, 2010 12:48 am

    Una vera delizia, ciao

  • Joanne April 28, 2010 6:07 am

    Strawberries and blue cheese are just a match made in heaven. What a delicious salad!

  • bake in paris April 30, 2010 2:32 am

    Looks very delicious, refreshing and healthy!!Sawadee from Bangkok,Kris

  • Junglefrog May 5, 2010 3:09 am

    This looks gorgeous and I have always been a fan of sweet things in my savoury salads… :)

  • Kety May 20, 2011 6:24 am

    Great blog i great Palachinka…
    Imaš nagradicu od mene…
    Kiss :-*

  • HELGA August 3, 2011 3:54 pm

    Guaoooo!!! I love this recipe…… SUPER RICA

  • October 24, 2011 4:18 pm

    The pairing of savoury with sweet is really a wonderful dance in the mouth! I love the tanginess of the blue cheese too. Great salad.

  • Russell at Chasing Delicious December 29, 2011 12:00 pm

    What a scrumptious looking salad! So many yummy flavors!

  • CJ at Food Stories May 17, 2012 11:24 am

    Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I subscribed to your blog feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

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