Goat Cheese and Pear Salad with Fig vinaigrette

In the spirit of getting healthy, here is a tasty salad recipe. I found this on cooking light, a fantastic little site that helps us all have slightly less weighty meals. Kim and I were yet again pressed for time because of our strict schedule of eating chocolate and watching movies so this was the perfect dish. It is hearty but doesn’t take too long to make.


6 cups mixed salad greens (Romain, arugula whatever strikes your fancy)
1-1/2 cups thinly, sliced, pear (leave the skin on for flavor)
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
5 dried figs chopped up
6 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp minced shallots
1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
2 garlic cloves minced

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt

Make sure to chop the figs to pieces and cut off their dignity (stems). Then further humiliate them by tossing them in a small saucepan over high heat with balsamic vinegar.  Once the mixture boils, lower heat and simmer until the total amount of liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup, about 5 minutes.

 If you have one, pour your shamed fig mixture into a blender with the water and fresh lemon juice and process until smooth. If you don’t have a blender, man, I don’t know what to tell. Just whisk that puppy up with a fork.

In a bowl pour the blended fig mixture in with shallots, thyme, crushed garlic, olive oil and salt.  Stir it up like your dinner depended on it. Well it does.

Thinly slice your pear, leaving the skin on. We wouldn’t want the pear to feel nude, or would we? 

Place 1 cup of greens on each plate. Now put a little pear and goat cheese hat on each serving and drizzle the vinaigrette like it’s a hot oil message. “Yes you little greens are going to love this. I’m just gonna drizzle this on and then mix it in. Uh! Ju look sooo yummy.” Sorry, sometimes I get carried away and channel my inner Puerto Rican drag queen. He would say something like that. 

Serve and you have a happy table.
I can’t actually tell what expression that is, Kim.


Labels: Salad, main, goat cheese,

One thought on “Goat Cheese and Pear Salad with Fig vinaigrette

  1. That might be a "mmm, goat cheese!" face or a "when do we get to eat chocolate and watch 30 Rock?" face. I can't tell either.

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