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Spiced Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

A starter for 6 with a wow factor or a super-sophisticated light lunch for 4. 
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 140kcal
Author Katrin N├╝rnberger

Ingredients

  • 3 pears cored and quartered
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 100 g rocket/watercress/spinach leaves
  • 150 g goat cheese crumbled
  • 50 g Parmesan shaved
  • handful of parsley leaves roughly chopped
  • 50 g almonds roasted until pale golden brown (pine nuts would also work here)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat a griddle pan and heat your oven to 200 Celsius.
  • Mix the pears in a bowl with a splash of olive oil, salt pepper and dried spices.
  • When the griddle is hot, grill the pears for 2 minutes on each side until they are beginning to caramelise.
  • Transfer them to a small roasting tray and pour over the orange juice and red wine vinegar. Roast in the oven for 8 minutes, then transfer into a large bowl and allow to cool.
  • Mix the extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice into the pear juices to make a dressing. Season, but remember that the cheese is salty!
  • Mix the leaves with the pear quarters, Parmesan and parsley and pour over the dressing.
  • Serve on a large platter and scatter over the roasted almonds (I brown them in a pan without oil on a low heat, but you could also do this in the oven) and the goat cheese.

Notes

The pears can be served warm or cold, but not so hot that they melt the cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.9g | Fiber: 2.2g