Monday, September 26, 2011

Pear and Arugula Salad with Parmesan Cheese

Happy Monday everyone.  We had an amazing weekend, filled with family time!  Today is "On the Lighter Side" here at The Slow Roasted Italian.  Every Monday we feature a dish that is low calorie.

Today I bring you an amazing salad.  A great combination of flavors and textures that make my mouth sing.  The salad starts with a bed of arugula, a peppery green.  Laid on top of the arugula is your favorite pear, sweet and soft sliced thinly with a spritz of olive oil over the salad.  A sprinkle of toasted walnuts, give a nutty flavor and crunch.  Lemon juice squeezed over top, gives it an incredible fresh flavor, with parmesan shavings for a delightful creamy, nutty twist.  Topped with fresh ground black pepper.

This salad is amazing, great as a side or add your favorite protein and call it a meal!!!  This is fantastic with some grilled chicken!!  A great salad to play with the toppings, goat cheese or blue cheese would be great here too.   Enjoy!

Pear and Arugula Salad with Parmesan Cheese
2 cups Arugula, washed and dried (stems trimmed)
1/2 pear, sliced thinly (I used Bartlett)
olive oil in sprayer
1 tablespoon toasted walnuts, chopped
4 Parmesan cheese shavings
1/2 medium lemon
black pepper, to taste
salt, to taste

Arrange arugula on a medium plate.  Lay pear on top.  Squeeze lemon over lettuce and pear, sprinkle with salt and spritz with olive oil.  Sprinkle walnuts over top.  Add Parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper.

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  1. I love arugula-- especially paired with something sweet. Looks fantastic-- do you ship?? :)

  2. Well, that is just the most beautiful salad I have ever seen. I love the fresh pear along with the spicy nutty taste of the arugula! Awesome

  3. This sounds delicious, Donna. I love spinach salads with fruit, so I'm sure I'd love this one too. Feel free to make it for me next time I visit.

  4. Love the combo...this is a great fall salad

  5. What a great salad! I love arugula, and with the pear it would be delicious!

  6. I've never tried pear on a salad but bet it is delicious. I love the lighter side recipes - balance is everything and I need to get back on board! Thanks

  7. So delicious - lovely, lovely ingredients
    Mary x

  8. I can't wait to try this salad - all my favorite flavors and so healthy too! Paired with a glass of unoaked Chardonnay - YUM! Thanks so much for sharing - Cheers:)

  9. Donna, I have all these ingredients in my kitchen...hooray! What a delicious salad...and so autumnal with the pears and walnuts :)

  10. The addition of fruit in a green salad is so tasty. I have always had the strawberry spinach combo, so this one is a nice change. It really looks delicious. Great post


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