Sunday, October 5, 2008

PostHeaderIcon Side Dish Sunday: Baked Pear and Walnut Salad

This week: Baked Pear and Walnut Salad

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 large Bartlett or other very firm pears -- cored and sliced lengthways 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup prepared Italian Dressing (see Italian Herbed Potatoes recipe for dressing)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 cups mixed salad greens (spring mix) or baby spinach / arugula mix

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Lightly grease a baking dish. Arrange pears in single layer. Brush pears with about 2 -3 tablespoons of italian dressing and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

In a small bowl, mix walnuts and 1 tablespoon of dressing until well coated. Spoon walnuts evenly around pears and baking dish.

Bake for about 5-8 minutes, until pears are tender.

Place salad greens on a serving platter. Top with pears, walnuts and remaining salad dressing. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan and serve.

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