:: Pear, Rocket, Parmesan and Pine Nut Salad

September 15, 2009 at 11:27 pm 8 comments

I first tried this salad as a kid, and back then I was never really convinced on the addition of pears. Even going as far as insisting on the pears having to be picked out, but then again I was a pretty, particular, little brat! I guess you could say, my palate has slightly expanded since then, and I can truly say that I now appreciate this punchy flavour combination.  We had this with barbequed mackerel for dinner on Sunday and I’m not sure about the combination, but this salad really stands strong alongside whatever dish you choose to serve it with.

Rocket, Pear, Parmesan and Pine Nut Salad

Toast the pine nuts in frying pan for a minute or so until they turn a nice golden brown. Make sure to keep your eye on them as nuts cook really quickly, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burnt a pan of nuts and I still haven’t learned my lesson!

Serves 4
120g of rocket
2 pears, peeled, cored and sliced wafer thin.
A good handful of parmesan shavings
50g of pine nuts, toasted

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
1 clove of garlic, minced
A good pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper

In a large salad bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper.
Add the rocket and toss in the dressing until evenly coated.
Scatter the toasted pine nuts, parmesan shavings and pear slices on top of the rocket.
Serve straight away and enjoy!


Entry filed under: cheese, dressing, nuts, parmesan, pear, rocket, salad.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mike  |  September 16, 2009 at 3:48 am

    So simple, but it looks truly exceptional.

  • 2. Donal  |  September 16, 2009 at 7:45 am

    thanks Mike- it really is a simple salad- great flavours though! 🙂

  • 3. Sandy  |  September 16, 2009 at 10:00 am

    This is one of my fave salads! Tastes great with a champagne vinaigrette or apple balsamic glaze. Mmm!

  • 4. Anonymous  |  September 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Yummy salad! We substitute walnuts for the pinenuts – just divine and really refreshing!

  • 5. the Italian Dish  |  September 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    All my favorite flavors!

  • 6. Elizabeth  |  September 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Oh I love the combination of flavours! This just sounds right up my alley. I love a good salad and the the addition of pears make me think of fall. The leaves are just beginning to turn here and I can't wait to try this salad out now.

  • 7. Donal  |  September 17, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Hey Sandy! Oh no I had leftover champagne- would have been perfect in that dressing! Will remember for next time thanks for the tip!

    Hey Anon! Oh will defo try that next time- did you toast them?

    Hey Italian Dish! I know me too! 🙂

    Hey Elizabeth! Yeah its a perfect harvest recipe- great use of fresh pears! 🙂

  • 8. aoife mc  |  September 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Lovely stuff Donal. Have this bookmarked for this weekend's Sunday lunch!


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