Roasted Pear and Rainbow Chard Salad

By Elizabeth Stark
October 21, 2014
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Author Notes: Uncooperative pears are roasted into submission, placed on a bed of tender rainbow chard, and topped with creamy chèvre and a lemony vinaigrette. Elizabeth Stark

Serves: 4

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, vinegar, Dijon, and sea salt to combine. When the mixture is well combined, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking vigorously until vinaigrette is nicely emulsified.

For the salad:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • 4 small, firm pears (I went with a mix of Green Anjou and Bosc here)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard, stems trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chèvre
  • 4 lemon wedges, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and Champagne vinegar.
  2. Halve pears and carefully cut out the core. Set pears with sliced side facing up on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil mixture over pears and sprinkle each with sea salt and pepper.
  3. Slide the baking sheet into the oven. Roast for 8 minutes, then use tongs to flip the pears, and return them to the oven for 6 to 8 more minutes, or until the edges are golden and the pears are easily pierced with a fork. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the greens with half of the vinaigrette. Crumble in chèvre and toss gently. Divide greens between four plates, add 2 pear halves to each, and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Finish salads with a pinch of sea salt and a liberal sprinkle of black pepper, and garnish with a lemon wedge.

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