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Pear and Spinach Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette
Courtesy of USA Pears
Prep Time: 15 Min.
Cook Time: n/a
What you need:
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+ 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
+ 2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
+ 3/4 tsp. salt
+ 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped or grated on a microplane zester (about 1 tsp)
+ 1 large bunch or bag spinach
+ 1 head butter or red lettuce
+ 1 small bulb fennel
+ 1 Bosc or Green Anjou USA Pear
+ 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
+ 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
+ fresh ground black pepper to taste
+ extra Parmesan cheese chunk for garnish (optional)
What to do:
1. In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. Grate garlic clove into mixture and set aside.
2. Wash and dry spinach and lettuce leaves. Tear into bite-sized pieces and put in a serving bowl. Cut fennel bulb in half and slice lengthwise as thinly as possible. Cut the pear in half and core. Thinly slice.
3. Slowly pour olive oil into balsamic-lemon mixture, whisking constantly until the oil is fully incorporated. Add Parmesan cheese and several grinds of black pepper. 4. Drizzle desired quantity of vinaigrette over greens and toss lightly to coat. Add the pears and fennel with additional dressing and toss again to incorporate.
5. Use a vegetable peeler to add thin curls of parmesan cheese for garnish if desired.