Pear, Cucumber, and Walnut Salad

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

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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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