Pear & Manchego salad

Pear & Manchego salad

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 mins

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Serves 2

Spruce up a salad with a rosemary, honey and hazelnut crumb to accompany Spanish cheese, sweet fruit and bitter leaves

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  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
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  • 1 tbsp good-quality clear honey
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 tsp olive oil, plus a drizzle for toasting the nuts
  • 2 tbsp blanched hazelnuts
  • zest ¼ lemon
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 75g mixed leaves (we used red chicory, watercress and rocket)
  • 1 ripe pear, halved, cored and thinly sliced
  • 25g Manchego (or a vegetarian hard cheese)

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  1. Heat the honey and rosemary in a small pan with 1 tbsp boiling water. Bring to a simmer and let it bubble for around 30 secs. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse.
  2. Heat a frying pan and drizzle in a little oil. Add the hazelnuts and toast until golden and starting to char a little here and there. Remove from the pan, allow to cool, then chop roughly to make a rustic crumb. Mix with the lemon zest and some seasoning.
  3. To make a dressing, combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar with some seasoning. Toss the salad leaves in most of the dressing, then arrange on serving plates or a platter, layering the leaves with the pear slices. Top with shavings of Manchego and the hazelnut crumb, then drizzle over some of the rosemary honey and the remaining dressing. Serve with Prosciutto twists (see tip, below) for the meat-eaters.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2013

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maartjevdm's picture
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Really great! There was no manchego at my local deli so I used pecorino instead which worked really well. Simple to make but smart enough for a dinner party

gordonfionaturnbull's picture
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Really great, the rosemary honey was the best bit. Will be cooking this again

lahelapixie's picture
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This is really nice, and the cheese and pear work really well together. However, there are quite a lot of flavours going on here and we couldn't really taste the rosemary infused honey (it was delicious when I tried it on it's own). Worked well with the proscuitto twists.

sllyst's picture

Big hit with my doubtful other half, what....fruit and cheese in a salad! Even bought the ingredients to have it again already. Bit of a faff to make for a simple salad but the flavours work beautifully together.

heatherjdw's picture

Made this as a test for Christmas Day starter, loved it, so making it. Used tinned pears in own juice and worked well. Also made the prosciutto twists a good accompaniment with it and feel it needs it. Though we feel it should have a more exciting name, any suggestions will be welcome.