Pear, date & walnut salad with creamy Stilton dressing

Pear, date & walnut salad with creamy Stilton dressing

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins No cooking needed

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Gary Rhodes' perfect starter for a Boxing day lunch, made with lots of leftovers from the day before

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
574
protein
17g
carbs
36g
fat
41g
saturates
17g
fibre
4g
sugar
0g
salt
1.05g

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe pears, quartered and cored, peel left on
  • juice 1 lime
  • 100g crème fraîche
  • 300g Stilton, crumbled, room temperature
  • 1-2 tbsp ginger syrup (from a jar of ginger in syrup)
  • 100g pack broken walnuts
  • 12 dates (Medjool are good), stoned and chopped
  • walnut oil, for drizzling
  • 225g bag mixed salad leaves
  • 1 large watercress, divided into sprigs

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Method

  1. Cut the pear quarters into thin slices and toss in a bowl with the lime juice to help protect their natural colour. Blend the crème fraîche with half the Stilton, ginger syrup to taste, and enough water (3-4 tbsp) to give a smooth, thick coating consistency. (Don’t add too much water or it may separate.)
  2. Scatter the pear slices over six serving plates and follow with the walnuts, dates and remaining cheese. Can be prepared to this stage up to an hour ahead.
  3. Drizzle each salad with a little of the dressing and some walnut oil. Season with a grinding of pepper – you shouldn’t need salt, as the cheese is salty. Mix the salad leaves and watercress very lightly with just a bit more dressing – some leaves should be touched by the dressing, some untouched. Gently pile the leaves on top of each salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2005

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spacegourmet's picture
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Works every time!

irritable's picture
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Easily made starter that works well for a dinner party. Its subtley flavoured by the ginger. Agree totally with comments about the dressing - and its important to ensure the leaves don't get saturated by making sure some leaves get no dressing at all - otherwise its soggy and overfacing

rdrummond's picture
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Lovely starter....really enjoyed it, and went down a treat for the family. Would echo the above though...reduce the quantities for the dressing significantly, as 300g of stilton made enough dressing to do about 20 of these. Otherwise, excellent and really easy to prepare.

mamaminou's picture
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Made this as the entree for Christmas lunch (we live in Australia so it's warm) - couldn't find any ginger in syrup so added a tsp of cumquat & grand marnier jam (homemade) for sweetness. Had heaps of cheese dressing left over, would probably reduce the quantities next time. It went down a treat with our vegetarian friends and my meat loving husband. Ticks all the boxes - simple, tasty and impressive.

juliahiscock's picture
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An excellent combination of flavours. A great starter for special occasions

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