Soups and Salads — By Ben on 27 July 2011
Pear and Spinach Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

Pear, spinach and goat cheese salad

There are a lot of things in this that make me happy, a good book, an interesting movie, spending time with friends, a glass of wine, a delicious meal and peanut butter. I have mentioned before that I don’t like boring salads. I personally think that the garden salads they serve at a lot of restaurants in the US are an abomination, so predictable and boring. Maybe that was the reason that for a long time I didn’t eat salads. I used to think they were all boring. But then I started to read other food blogs and I realized that my salad fate was on my own hands. I’m so glad I took that road. Now salads are one of the best part of my meals. Sometimes they are so good that I just eat salad until I’m full.

 Pear, spinach and goat cheese salad

That was the case with this one. I got inspired by a pear salad they serve at Azul in Condesa, I used very few ingredients that I had at hand and the result was a salad so delicious that I see myself eating this several times a month from now on. The best part was the peanut butter dressing. Yes, you read me right, peanut butter. I might have finally gone crazy, or just getting back to my normal crazy self. I tasted the dressing I had made for the salad and I wasn’t satisfied. I took another look at the pantry and saw the jar of peanut butter begging me to use it. Why not? I thought. Trust me on this one, it was the right call.

Pear and Spinach Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
 
Notes: •Don't let the simpleness of this salad fool you. It has very few ingredients but the combination of the sweet, tangy and savory flavors are an explosion of yumminess in your mouth. •I would use pine nuts next time. I think they would be a great addition.
Ingredients
  • The ingredients:
  • •1/2 romaine lettuce
  • •1/2 red leaf lettuce
  • •2 cups fresh spinach
  • •1 pear
  • •100 gr goat cheese
  • For the dressing:
  • •1 TBSP olive oil
  • •1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • •1 TBSP peanut butter
  • •dill
  • •basil
  • •ground black pepper
  • •pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. The how-to:
  2. Cut the pears in quarters and remove the core. Slice them and set apart.
  3. In a bowl whisk all the dressing ingredients until well blended.
  4. Arrange the greens in the center of a plate. Arrange the pear slices around them.
  5. Arrange one or two slices of the goat cheese on top. You can also crumble it and sprinkle on top.
  6. Drizzle salad with dressing and enjoy!

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Pear, spinach and goat cheese salad

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(17) Readers Comments

  1. A very unusual combination! I really like that idea and I am intrigued by that PB dressing.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. I love that you're as much of a PB fiend as I am. I've never seen it paired with balsamic before, but it does sound delicious!

  3. Very composed and lovely. I never tried it but I'm sure it works. Peanuts are often used in dressings for Asian dishes.

  4. Peanut butter would lend a special flavour to the dressing Ben. Anuthing with fresh, seasonal pears has my vote.

  5. Looks delicious and very light, like such recipes.
    Thanks ben for stopping by, so I can come by these marvelous recipes.
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  6. Thanks for stopping by so I can come by these delicious recipes, happy to sign my email to become updated.

  7. Not only is this super healthy but I am absolutely loving the peanut butter dressing!

  8. What an unusual combination, Ben. This salad looks wonderful.

  9. Your photos are stunning!! the food just pops out of the screen and that presentation .. 5 star class :)

  10. Peanutbutter dressing… Hmm, I've used that on many thai salads so I can see how it must be delicious here too! I agree that a lot of the times salads served in restaraunts really do not do the word salad justice… You can have soooo many delicious salads that it's a mystery why they end up serving the same old boring and unappetizing stuff all the time..

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