This recipe is similar to a salad Hunt traditionally serves at her annual gathering, using locally grown Asian pears and Macoun apples. Asian pears and Granny Smith apples (a good substitute for Macouns) are available at supermarkets.
2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch of dried basil
Pinch of ground red pepper
5 cups mixed salad greens
4 cups torn romaine lettuce
2 1/2 cups cubed Asian pear (about 1 large)
2 cups chopped Granny Smith apple (about 1 large)
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled goat cheese
How to Make It
Combine first 9 ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Combine salad greens, romaine lettuce, Asian pear, apple, and red onion in a large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette, and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese.
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This salad is very similar to one I have been making for years but I DO like the extra bite (cayenne) in the dressing in this one. I made the dressing a couple hours beforehand and let it chill in the fridge. I omitted the apples but threw in some dried cranberries. I used Feta cheese as I had no goat cheese but I think I personally prefer the gorgonzola which is what I've used in the past. This is a great salad for winter months when fresh produce is minimal. This is a lovely salad for company.