Grilled Pear Salad with Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Grapes


Grapes coated in goat cheese and ground pistachios give this salad its oomph.

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Pistachio-crusted grapes with goat cheese add a gourmet touch to the colorful, flavorful salad.

Grilled Pear Salad with Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Grapes
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Johnson and Wales University 
Serves: 6 to 8
Serves: 2-3
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 5 ounces reduced or no added sugar raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 Bartlett pears (red or green), cut into ½-inch-thick wedges
  • 2 cups red, seedless grapes
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • ½ cup pistachios, ground
  • 2 cups mixed salad greens, chopped
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • ¾ cup cashews, honey-roasted or raw
  1. Preheat grill to 350–400° (medium-high). Grill pear wedges with grill covered, 1–2 minutes on each side, until golden. When finished, remove pears from grill and allow to cool. (Note: If a grill is not accessible, pears can be sautéed in a non-stick pan until golden brown.)
  2. Whisk together red wine vinegar, jam, basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly add canola oil while constantly whisking until smooth.
  3. Cover grapes with goat cheese, and roll them in ground pistachios to make a crust.
  4. In a large bowl, combine mixed greens, onion, raspberries and nuts. Add desired amount of vinaigrette, and toss.
  5. Serve and top with pears and crusted grapes, plus any remaining goat cheese.


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