Arugula Pear Salad

Arugula Pear SaladRecipe

Photo: Thomas J. Story

A dinner party of bold, salty tapas (Spanish-style small plates) gains an element of freshness from this slightly sweet, crunchy salad, created for us by chef Ryan Pollnow of Aatxe ("Ah-chay") restaurant in San Francisco. You'll have a bit of leftover vinaigrette for your next salad.

Serves 6 to 8


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3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup toasted almonds, divided
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 1/2 ounces wild arugula
1/2 small turnip, peeled and shaved on a handheld slicer
1/2 Bosc pear, cored and quartered but unpeeled, shaved on a handheld slicer
1 ounce wide shavings manchego cheese (about 1/2 cup)


Total: 25 Minutes

1. Melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan until it browns and begins to smell nutty, about 3 minutes. Let cool.

2. In a blender, process dates, 1/4 cup almonds, and the vinegar to a coarse paste. Drizzle in browned butter, oil, 1/2 cup water, the salt, and pepper. Blend in 1 to 2 tbsp. more water if needed to thin.

3. Chop remaining 1/4 cup almonds. Put arugula, turnip, pear, and most of almonds and manchego in a serving bowl and toss with about 1/2 cup vinaigrette. Taste and add more vinaigrette if you like. Top with remaining cheese and almonds.

Make ahead: Vinaigrette, up to 2 days, chilled.

Created date

October 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 200
Caloriesfromfat 69 %
Protein 3.8 g
Fat 16 g
Satfat 3.9 g
Carbohydrate 14 g
Fiber 2.6 g
Sodium 152 mg
Cholesterol 16 mg