Life on a table recipe #21 – Balsamic glazed pear and blue cheese salad

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Extract from the book Life on a Table by Antoinette de Chavonnes Vrugt

When served as a starter I add slivers of smoked venison and arrange the salad in individual plates with crostini (small, thinly sliced pieces of toasted or grilled bread, often baguette, salted and/or spiced).


4 fresh pears, de-pipped and cut into wedges

180 ml balsamic vinegar

1 packet of rocket or mixed salad greens (300 g)

50 g blue or feta cheese (I prefer blue cheese)

50 g pecan nuts

1 red onion, sliced

5 ml olive oil


Combine the pears and balsamic vinegar in a pan.

Bring to the boil and turn down the heat to simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.

The remaining balsamic vinegar must be caramelised.

Cool down.

Arrange the salad greens, top with the glazed pears, sprinkle with pecan nuts and blue cheese.

Drizzle the salad with olive oil.

If in season, avocado is a great complement to this salad.

Photo ©Hentie Burger

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