Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

Crisp pears are tossed with Cheddar cheese and pecans in this delicious salad. For an Italian twist, try a good Parmesan with some toasted pine nuts or to go British use crumbled Stilton and toasted walnuts.

Photo by Darla L.
Adapted from eatingwell.com

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SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Adapted from eatingwell.com

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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. Tips: Tip: To toast chopped pecans, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

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