Photographer: Burris, Ken
Publish Date: 2008-10-01
Yield: 6 servings, 1 cup each
Total Time: 25 minutes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
To Make Ahead: Prepare salad without pecans up to 2 hours ahead. Stir in pecans just before serving.
Bartlett or Anjou pears are used in this salad for their crisp texture. The nut and cheese combination sets the tone of the dishwhite Cheddar and pecans is decidedly American. For an Italian twist, try a good Parmesan with some toasted walnuts.
- 4 stalks celery, trimmed and cut in half crosswise
- 2 tablespoons cider, pear, raspberry or other fruit vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 ripe pears, preferably red Bartlett or Anjou, diced
- 1 cup finely diced white Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (see Tip)
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 6 large leaves butterhead or other lettuce
- Soak celery in a bowl of ice water for 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Whisk vinegar, honey and salt in a large bowl until blended. Add pears; gently stir to coat. Add the celery, cheese and pecans; stir to combine. Season with pepper. Divide the lettuce leaves among 6 plates and top with a portion of salad. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Recipe Tips & Notes:
- Tips: To toast chopped nuts & seeds: Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Per serving: 221 calories; 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 4g mono unsaturated fat); 20 mg cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 4 g fiber; 244 mg sodium; 234 mg potassium
Nutrtion Bonus: Calcium (15% daily value).
Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 high-fat meat, 1 fat
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
- Degree of Difficulty
- Special Health Consideration(s)
- High Calcium
- Low Cholesterol
- Low Sodium
- Low Carb
- Low Calorie
- Diabetes Appropriate
- Seasons & Occassions
- New Year's
- Main Ingredient(s)
- Dairy & Soy
- Dish Type(s)
- Main Dish
- Side Dishes
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