Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell
Yield:
8 servings

Category Finalist, Side Dishes and Side Salads. "I made a poached pear dessert and thought the pears would be delightful in a salad. If white balsamic vinegar is not available, Champagne vinegar works well, too." --Margee Berry, Trout Lake, WA

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 2 cups water and wine in a large saucepan over medium heat. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add seeds, bean, and next 3 ingredients (through orange rind) to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until pears are tender. Drain and cool, and discard bean and rinds. Slice pears in half lengthwise, and cut into thin wedges.

Step 2

Place 1 cup greens on each of 8 plates. Top each serving with 1 red onion slice, 1 tablespoon raisins, 1/3 cup pears, and 1 tablespoon cheese.

Step 3

Combine oil, vinegar, and mustard in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon dressing over each salad. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

LightestFan's Review

LightestFan
January 13, 2014
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melendbm's Review

melendbm
September 01, 2013
Outstanding! We make this for Christmas and Thanksgiving Dinner. Everyone loves it. Dressing is just divine.

Kate09's Review

Kate09
April 04, 2010
Loved this salad!!!!! I added baked honeyed walnuts and used blue cheese instead of the goat. The blue cheese added a nice punch. This dressing is so easy and fabulous.

Jessie123's Review

Jessie123
September 03, 2009
This is a delicious salad. Very mild and suddle. The pears are worth the effort and smell delicious when you're making them. I added walnuts to my salad.