Though the temperatures belie it, fall is well and truly in full swing, and even if it is still warm and sunny somehow I still feel like fall flavours and want to be wearing boots and wool skirts. So when I was making a salad on Saturday night I was inspired by the beautiful pears sitting in the warm autumn sunshine on the counter.
Several years ago I saw Jamie Oliver make a salad dressing by grating pears and so I though I would give it a go.
Pear salad dressing
- 1 Pear grated (with out the peel)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Juice of one lemon
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
The pears were not soft, almost the texture of an apple, but when I grated it, the flesh went mushy.
I added the lemon juice right away to stop the pear from discouloring, and then added the remaining ingredients when I had finished.
I used half of this dressing to make a salad for 3 using one romaine lettuce. To the lettuce I added 1/4 red onion thinly sliced and about 1/4 cup of roasted pecans some valdosta pecans would have been very good here, but unfortunately there were none to hand. This made a delicious light dressing with just the right amount of fruitness.
I served this with a pork tenderloin roasted with a dry rub of chilli, cumin and paprika.
On the side we had pappadella pasta tossed with some roasted tomatoes and peppers.