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Roasted Pear and Arugula Salad

Roasted Pear and Arugula Salad
This wonderfully autumn salad contains caramelized pears, arugula, and a vinaigrette with pomegranate and chipotle pepper. Sweet and spicy.
Deborah Szekely and Deborah M. Schneider

Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
Total 1 hr
Salad
American
6 servings
173 kcal

Ingredients 

For the roasted pear and arugula salad

  • 6 smallish pears (any variety)
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 4 cups baby arugula stemmed and washed
  • 2 cups mixed baby lettuces with some red color, stemmed and washed
  • Pomegranate seeds (optional)

For the pomegranate-chipotle vinaigrette

  • 1 small clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 medium shallot peeled and minced
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground dried chipotle or chipotle in adobo or more to taste

Directions 

For the roasted pear and arugula salad

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Core the pears from the bottom, using a small spoon or melon baller. You may peel them if you wish, but leave the stem intact. Brush the pears with the agave syrup and place on a rimmed a baking sheet. Bake until browned and tender, 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size and ripeness of the pears.

To serve the roasted pear and arugula salad

  • Meanwhile, whisk all the vinaigrette ingredients together or purée them in a blender.
  • In a large bowl, toss the baby arugula and lettuces with the vinaigrette and divvy it up among 6 chilled plates. Place a roasted pear on each plate and scatter some pomegranate seeds on the greens, if desired. Pass the extra vinaigrette on the side.

Notes

Salad Variations

Add crumbled feta or blue cheese and caramelized walnuts.
Substitute small apples for the pears.