Winter Greens with Pear and Chevre

Recipe Information

Total Time: 
30 minutes
Servings: 
4

Warm, golden medallions of breaded chevre make an elegant feature atop a salad of spinach, arugula and pears.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely-ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-ounce log fresh chevre
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 pears (Anjou or Bartlett)
  • 3 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preparation

  1. Make the dressing by combining the vinegar, mustard and honey in a small food processor or blender and slowly, with the motor running, add the oil to create an emulsion. Set aside when blended.
  2. Slice or form the chevre into 8 medallions (discs) about 1/2 inch thick. Coat each disc completely with bread crumbs, firmly pressing crumbs onto the cheese. In a large non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium heat, then gently add the goat cheese and sauté until golden, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  3. Core and chop the pears into bite-sized pieces. Add the spinach, arugula, pears and cranberries to a large bowl and toss with half the dressing. Divide the lettuce mixture onto four serving plates and top each with 2 medallions of goat cheese. Serve with remaining dressing on the side.

Serving Suggestion

Pan-fry or bake prosciutto until crisp and crumble it over the salad or top with toasted walnuts or pine nuts. Use a combination of red and green pears to make a festive holiday plate or add some thinly-sliced Belgian endive or radicchio to the lettuce mix for crunch and color. Try Asian pears for milder crispy sweetness.

Nutritional Information: 

425 calories, 19 g. fat, 18 mg. cholesterol, 391 mg. sodium, 46 g. carbohydrate, 5 g. fiber, 9 g. protein