Monday, December 7, 2009

Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

This is a fabulous late fall salad.  It's filled with fantastic texture and flavor contrasts.  You have salty cheddar, the slightly sweet and nutty pecans, the crunchy celery and pear all on a backdrop of peppery arugula coated with a tangy-sweet dressing.  Yum.

If you're looking for a salad that is more interesting than the usual, and is easy to throw together in a pinch, look no further.

Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad
adapted from Eating Well in Season
serves 2


1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
pinch of salt
2 stalks celery, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 Asian pear (or other pear of choice), seeded and diced
2 cups baby arugula
1/2 cup finely diced sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
freshly ground pepper to taste


Whisk together vinegar, honey and salt in the bottom of a large bowl.  Gently toss the celery and pear in the dressing to coat.  Then add arugula, cheddar, and pecans, and toss everything together.  Season with pepper.



  1. for some cray reason i don't like pears, but this nut & cheese combo with the pears sounds like something i'd definitely like

  2. you might be pleasantly surprised - and i consider Asian pears the gateway pear, try it out and maybe you'll like it!

  3. Sounds delightful.