Pear, Cucumber, and Walnut Salad

Looking for an amazing salad for lunch or supper? Chef Joe Barkson of has the perfect combination of flavors in store for you.


Pear Dried Cranberries and Candied Pecan Salad by]TheDeliciousLife, on Flickr

Pear, Cucumber, and Walnut Salad

2 ripe pears (variety of your choice)
2 cucumbers
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped in large pieces
Small bunch Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup basic vinaigrette dressing (see below)

Remove core and stem from pears and cut into bite size pieces. Peel cucumbers and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop seeds out with a spoon and discard. Slice cucumber into 1/4 in. (1/2 cm) slices. In a bowl combine the pears, cucumbers, walnuts, leaves of Italian parsley, and the vinaigrette, gently tossing to mix ingredients. Serves 4 to 6.

Basic Vinaigrette Dressing

1 Tbs (15 ml) finely chopped shallot or onion
1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon-style mustard
1/4 cup (60 ml) red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3/4 cup (180 ml) extra virgin olive oil

Combine the shallot, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Add the oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly. If the sauce separates before being used it me be recombined by whisking vigorously for a few seconds. Makes 1 cup (250 ml).

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