Roasted Pear Salad with Chevre

Roasted Pear Salad with Chevre
-courtesy Foodland Ontario

This composed salad is perfect for a light luncheon or starter at a dinner party. Substituting fruit juice for some of the oil in the dressing lowers the fat content.

2 tbsp (25 mL) each apple juice and lemon juice
2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
1 tbsp (15 mL) Ontario Liquid Honey
2 tsp (10 mL) Dijon mustard
1 tsp (5 mL) dried tarragon
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper.

4 Ontario Pears (slightly under ripe)
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
2 tsp (10 mL) finely grated lemon rind
1/2 cup (125 mL) pecan halves
8 cups (2 L) packed Ontario Baby Spinach and Arugula or Watercress
2/3 cup (150 mL) crumbled Ontario Chèvre Cheese (about 4 oz/120 g)

In small bowl, whisk together apple juice, lemon juice, oil, honey, mustard, tarragon, salt and pepper.  Set dressing aside.

Remove stems and slice pears into 6 wedges each, removing core.  In large bowl, toss pears with oil to coat well.  Place, cut side down, on large baking sheet; sprinkle with lemon rind.  Place pecans in small cake pan.  Roast pears and pecans in 375°F (190°C) oven together for about 5 minutes or just until pears are slightly softened and pecans are toasted.  Transfer pears to cutting board to cool slightly.

Toss greens with two-thirds of the dressing and arrange on salad plates.  Arrange pears and nuts in circular fashion on top; sprinkle with cheese.  Drizzle pears with remaining dressing.  Serve immediately.