Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pear, Pecan and Celery Salad

I have a confession to make. I don't like fruit. In fact, some of you might have already noticed that up until today I didn't even have a fruit label in my sidebar. I'm not proud of this characteristic. I'm just coming clean with you and hope you won't judge me too harshly or think I'm some type of unhealthy barbarian because I almost completely shun this particular food group.

I guess when I get right down to the nitty-gritty of this dislike, it's not even really a dislike. It's more that I tend to think of fruit as dessert instead of a regular part of the rest of the meal. And IF I'm going to have dessert, I'm going to splurge and go for something with a little more tooth-rotting capability, like cookies or cake.

However, all that's about to change. You read it here first, folks. Mags the fruit shunner is going to make herself eat fruit on a regular basis. I may have to start out slowly at first, but you can expect to see more recipes that include fruit on my blog in the future. We'll start with this pear salad, OK?

Pear, Pecan and Celery Salad (adapted from Penzey's Spices) Serves 4

2 ripe pears, cored and thinly sliced
2 celery stalks with leafy tops, thinly sliced on the bias
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2-3 TBSP sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2-1 tsp sugar (optional)
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Divide the pears and celery among four salad plates, arranging nicely. Sprinkle with the pecans, cheese and cranberries. Mix the oil and vinegar together with salt and pepper. Add optional sugar if your pears are more tart than sweet. Drizzle the dressing over the salads. Top with a bit of the chopped leafy celery tops.


June said...

Hey Mags, we love you the way you are, so don't go changin' on our account. We'll feel that way whether or not you're into fruit. I presume you're not against having it in a pie though are you? I have a recipe I've been saving for a quiche made with pears and BLUE CHEESE. Wanna' give it a try?

Mags said...

June: Fruit in pies is OK.. because that falls into the dessert category.

And heck yes to the pear and blue cheese quiche! Now that sounds like it would have a little savory punch to it that would take my mind off of the fruit.

Moogie said...

I like fruit, but for some reason not in a salad. Either fresh or baked into some dessert.

Mags said...

Moogie: different strokes for different folks, eh?

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Looks like a tasty salad. I am always hesitant to mix in fruit with savory/salad type ingredients.. but I think I might give it a try!

stephchows said...

wait you don't like fruit!!! no way!! I can't get enough of the stuff :) wait does this mean you don't like jam either!? *gasp*

Frieda said...

The only fruit that I like is a crisp apple. Not cooked. Sigh. I just can't wrap my head around it ~ Kudos to you for starting!

Mags said...

Jen: I think through your admission I've figured out what my problem is regarding fruit. I only like it when it's with something savory!

Steph: I know, I know! It's crazy, isn't it?

Frieda: I like apples too, but only the tart ones. See? I have a problem with sweet fruit things.

Rosemary & Garlic said...

What a wonderful salad. Can't wait to make it.

I had a pediatrician who used to say if they won't eat vegetables, let them eat fruit. I think the reverse works.

Mags said...

Rosemary: I agree! I love all vegetables and I figure that by eating so many of them, I'm sure to have covered my bases, nutritionally speaking, without eating fruit often.

coffeegrounded said...

Mags, this sounds delicious AND quite nutritious.

I have everything I need with the exception of the pears. PHOOEY!

I'll try it soon. Pears are abundant these days, just not in my kitchen.

Mags said...

Coffee: Thanks for commenting. Enjoy the salad!

Anonymous said...

Great..that is my favorite food group! I looked for it when I first signed on to your blog :-))

Mags said...

Anon: Thanks! Glad you like it.