I'm involved in a local theatre group, and this year I have the pleasure of being both Musical Director and on the writing/directing team for the show, along with three others. The four of us have been getting together regularly for about 10 months now, and most often times we share a meal before (or while) we work.
During one of those meetings, my friend Betty served this incredibly delicious salad. I enjoyed it so much that I've made it a few times since then, and always to rave results. It's especially good this time of year, since I can often find both pears and avocados in season and on sale.
I love making really good stuff for cheap.
This is really good stuff.
The pairing of the ingredients may seem a bit odd, but somehow it all comes together. The creaminess of the avocados is so good with the crisp salad greens, and the sweetness of the pears balances nicely with the other flavors.
Give the recipe a try; I promise you'll enjoy it!
Pear and Avocado Salad
2 firm-ripe red or green D'Anjou pears, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 heads romaine lettuce hearts, each cut crosswise into 1-inch-thick pieces (about 12 cups)
1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup refrigerated sweet onion vinaigrette salad dressing (see below)
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
In large bowl, gently toss all ingredients until well coated with dressing. Serve right away.
Sweet Onion Vinaigrette
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
Whisk together first 7 ingredients. Gradually add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes or until ready to serve.