Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Grilled Pear salad

It is spring! Blooming flowers, fresh new buds, the sunshine brings smile and happiness to the earth … The weather starts to warming up but still some wind chill time to time; to remind us we are still in March.
Decided to make some warm salad and enjoy the weather too :) I grilled the pear and tossed with fresh greens and nuts. To give a final touch, I added Asian touch vinaigrette.
At the end, I enjoyed the warm fruity, nutty salad alone :) (My husb and little one don’t eat greens, they say: It is a diet food). Let see how the “diet” salad has been assembled.

Grilled pear salad

Pear: 2 cored and sliced
Red onion: 1 sliced
Chilli powder: 1/ 2 tsp
Salt: per ur taste
Pepper: freshly grounded

Romaine lettuce: torn into bit size pieces.
Walnut & sesame seeds (toasted): to sprinkle

Vinaigrette:
Olive oil:
2 tsp
Soy sauce: 1 tsp
Lemon juice: 1 tsp
Honey: ½ tsp
To make the vinaigrette: just whisk it together.

To grill or bake:
Slice the pear and sprinkle some chilli powder, salt and pepper. Heat the grill in high temperature (u can even bake it) spray some olive oil and place the sliced onion & pear and turn after 3 min. Just let caramelized the fruit, it needs to be soft from outside and crunchy inside.

To arrange:
Arrange the salad in bowl or in salad plate, place the grilled pear and onion, and sprinkle some walnuts and sesame seeds. Add the vinaigrette and give a quick toss. The fruity spicy warm salad can be enjoyed in anytime of the day.

My spicy salad goes to two events:

1 A fruit of the month started by Maheswari of "beyond the usual", it is time to Raaga to host this Pear event.
2 Forwarding To Meeta’s Monthly mingle: Spring Fruit sensations, hosted by Abby “Eat the right Stuff

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow....

sandhya said...

very innovative... love the presentation..

Mona said...

Hmmm, That looks yummy!

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Dhivya said...

innovative idea cham:)))presentation looks great

Divya Vikram said...

that looks great cham..nice way to have the pears..

bee said...

so what if the rest of your family doesn't eat it? there's more for you.

Kalai said...

Wonderful idea, Cham! Great contrast of textures and flavors... I agree with Bee. More for you to enjoy! :)

kamala said...

Pears salad looks yummy.nice one to share

Richa said...

pear and walnuts = Yum-O!
lovely!

Annu said...

I like salads.......this is new to me,sure will try ra.

Namratha said...

Fabulous plating Cham, and love the salad too dear...good one! :)

ANJALI J. said...

This is amazing, great recipe!

Rachel said...

That has now made me hungry!..love the vinaigrette recipe.

sowmya said...

lovely salad and great entry!!!!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Nice one for the event Cham!

Cham said...

Anony,Sandya,Mona,Dhivya: Thank u
Divya. V: A spicy way to eat the fruit.
Bee & KalaiLucky I am no need to share :)
Kamala: Thanks
Richa:Fruity and nutty , hummm
Annu: Little different but asian style...
Namratha:Thank u sweetie
Anjali and Rachel: Thank u gals...

Lavi said...

aaha..great treat to my eyes..love to have it..great one cham.

easycrafts said...

Super idea and perfect for both the events

Uma said...

simply superb! innovative idea.

sra said...

that's a good-looking salad, Cham!

jayasree said...

Great presentation. Loved the salad too.

Raaga said...

Thanks for a great entry!!

Saswati said...

chams this is wonderful entry...love the look of the salad:)

Happy cook said...

Wow looks beautiful.
Like in those psh places

AnuZi said...

Pear and walnuts in salads are my fav. Actually I love apples in my salad. I think its a called a waldorf salad. Looks yummm!

Laavanya said...

That is a very tempting salad Cham!

Seena said...

Lovely, cham! (I always write "charm" here.. :) )

abby said...

caramelising the pear with some chilli powder on it is a great idea! thanks for contributing this to the monthly mingle cham.

Pooja said...

that is good idea cham .
Nicely presented too :) .
hey , come on vote to Vow entries, we need to hear our ideas about that buddy :)

Vanamala said...

ummmm!! nice presentation .....

Suma Gandlur said...

Great presentation and What an unusual combination of pears and onions.
You talk about spring and right now, it is snowing here. I envy anyone who is talking about the blooms and the sunshine.

Trupti said...

lovely healthy entry CHAM.
Happy Holi !!

Cham said...

Thank you everyone for your warm encouragement.

Meeta K said...

lovely idea cham! simply gorgeous!a unique combination pears and chilies. lovely entry to the MM!