Finding great fresh produce this time of year isn’t always easy here on the east coast. Our family eats heaps of apples. But pears can also be an excellent winter fruit option. They tend to be on the delicate side, so if you do pick some up, be sure to try and use them within a day or two.
I had a few pears sitting on the counter this morning, and thought they’d make an excellent base for an easy salad. I cut the pears thinly, tossed them with Parmesan, chives, and a light, lemony vinaigrette, and loved the results. If you’re looking for some creative cold weather sides, this easy salad might just be the ticket!
Pear Salad with Parmesan and Chives
serves two as a side
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
pinch of sea salt
3 pears, cored and sliced thin
1 tablespoon minced chives
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan
pinch of red pepper flakes
ground black pepper to taste
Whisk the lemon juice and sea salt into the olive oil until emulsified.
Drizzle over the pears. Add the Parmesan and chives, finish with red pepper flakes and black pepper, and serve.
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