Grilled Pear Salad

As with most of you out there, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eat healthy and lose a pound or two (or three, or four…etc.) Since I’m not a big fan of exercise, I choose to watch what I eat instead. I can get Stephan to eat salad, but he prefers a piece of steak on top of a few lettuce leaves. That’s my idea of a yummy salad, but not necessarily a healthy one! To increase the yummy factor and decrease the fat factor, this salad is packed with flavor from grilled pears, blue cheese and candied pecans. Grilling pears brings out the sweetness and caramelizes the outside. What’s not to like?

Grilled Pear Salad

2 pears (must be ripe but firm) peeled and sliced
3 c baby arugula
2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
16 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
blue cheese
1/4 c pomegranate seeds

1. Heat Grill pan over medium high heat and place pear slices on pan. Grill for 2-3 minutes, then flip and grill the other side for another 2 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the pears, as they will get mushy. Do this in small batches and let cool. When cooled, slice, or dice depending on how you want to serve it.

2. Toss arugula with the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Arrange on the plate and scatter the grilled pears, tomatoes, yellow pepper, blue cheese and pomegranate seeds on top.

Candied Almonds Recipe

1/4 c sugar
2 tbsp water
1 c whole blanched almonds
1 tsp unsalted butter

1. Place foil on cookie sheet and set aside. Stir sugar and water in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and boil without stirring until mixture turns deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush and swirling pan, about 4-7 minutes.

2. Mix in almonds and butter. Immediately pour out onto foil, separating almonds with fork. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Serves 2 as entree or 4 as appetizer



  • My First Kitchen 10 YEARS AGO

    Talk about eating with your eyes!! That salad is really beautiful. My husband is the same way though – a piece of meat on a piece of romaine. Oh well. I’ll convert him with your help.

  • Julie Gandy 10 YEARS AGO

    That looks fabulous!! My all-time favorite fruit is the pear. There is something about the texture that just makes it. This sounds like it is right up my alley. I LOVE to grill and you’re combining some of my favorite unique flavors in a way I would have never thought of. I’m definitely trying this out. I’ll probably have to serve it as a side to the steak though! :)

  • VeggieGirl 10 YEARS AGO

    So crisp and refreshing!!

  • elra 10 YEARS AGO

    Truly gorgeous salad. Pear is really great for salad.

  • Dana McCauley 10 YEARS AGO

    I’m with ya! I stayed on my diet for a record 53 minutes on Saturday. Today I’m going to shoot for 60 minutes. So far no weight loss but I’m working on it!

  • Leonor de Sousa Bastos 10 YEARS AGO

    Beautiful salad!! It looks delicious…

  • Chris 10 YEARS AGO

    Absolutely beautiful presentation. I had a so-so pear salad while in Singapore and have been dying to find a better version. So of course you come along and read my mine. And I just so happen to be a huge fan of candied pecans, too… thanks for this :)

  • Tracy 10 YEARS AGO

    What a beautiful presentation and neat plate. Love roasted fruit in salad.

  • Maria 10 YEARS AGO

    Gorgeous salad! I love the presentation! The flavors sound amazing too!

  • Raffaella Desiderio 10 YEARS AGO

    I LOVE “fu-fu” salads as Chris calls (or I should say makes fun of) them. After meeting him you know what I mean about his sense of humor and expressions! LOL This looks so good. I love your plates!

  • peabody 10 YEARS AGO

    Nice little deconstructed presentation. Looks yummy.

  • Aysegul ~ Ny’s Delight 10 YEARS AGO

    Look beautiful! Great presentation and very elegant! When the food is presented like that eating must be real plessure!

  • Hallie 10 YEARS AGO


  • colleen 10 YEARS AGO

    My husband is the same way about salad! This looks beautiful and I love that plate!

  • Ashley 10 YEARS AGO

    Gorgeous salad! I can’t wait to try it :)

  • Shari 10 YEARS AGO

    What a gorgeous salad!

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  • I visited your blog after a long time today and was so thrilled to see all these new posts and the new design. As always, your food looks gorgeous.
  • The best!
  • wow great pictures! the filling sounds really interesting.. I have lots of leftover egg whites that I've been wanting to use up...I'm definitely making them! thanks for the recipe : )
  • I did have this salad when we visited the Philippines! It was certainly delicious and very fulfilling. Although this dish is more Japanese in origin, that restaurant gave it its own twist. The Filipinos really have a good palate for excellent food! Anyway, thank you for the recipe. I will surely give this a try!
  • Absolutely mind-blowing. I tried doing spoons your spoons have a rounded bowl or a flat surface. Did many break if you were trying to push it in a little to make it have a little depth.

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