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
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.