Goat’s cheese, pear & candied pecan salad

Goat’s cheese, pear & candied pecan salad

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 7 mins - 10 mins

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Serves 4
This extra-special vegetarian starter is bursting with contrasting flavours and textures, such as spiralized pear, crunchy roasted nuts and creamy cheese

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal487
  • fat38g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre5g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.6g
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Ingredients

  • 100g pecans
    Pecan nuts

    Pecan

    pee-kan

    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 2 red-skinned pears, cut into long, thin strips (use a spiralizer, or julienne them)
    Pear

    Pear

    pair

    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • 100g wild rocket
    Rocket

    Rocket

    roh-ket

    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 4 x 35g rounds of goat's cheese

For the dressing

  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and put the pecans on a non-stick baking sheet. Sprinkle over the sugar and maple syrup, and toss to combine. Roast for 5-7 mins until golden, then leave to cool completely before roughly chopping.

  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing by combining the ingredients and seasoning well. In a large bowl, combine the pear with the rocket, and toss with a little of the dressing.

  3. Just before serving, blowtorch or grill the goat’s cheese rounds until golden. To serve, put the remaining dressing in a squeezy bottle and swirl around the edge of the plate. Put the pear and rocket salad in the middle, scatter over the nuts and top with the goat’s cheese.

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mojo38
24th Dec, 2015
Can this be prepared ahead of time, and the cheese eaten cold?
mojo38
23rd Dec, 2015
Can the cheese be prepared ahead of time, and left be served cold.
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