What a colorful table as fresh yellow squash, zucchini, onions, corn, and peaches were served in various dishes!
My contribution was Warm Pear Salad with Walnuts and Parmesan Cheese, made with pears from our abundant pear tree. This year our faithful pear is trying to out-produce its garden-mate, the prolific peach. I plunked some sliced fresh pear slices into a skillet and sautéed them in butter and sugar until they were tender.
The pears then were tossed with spinach, toasted walnuts, Parmesan cheese shavings, and a honey-mustard vinaigrette. It brought back memories of a Warm Pear Salad that an innovative chef served us only a few weeks ago during our joint family vacation in Hawaii. I was happy to attempt to recreate his dish on the U.S. Mainland and bring back happy memories of our visit.
Warm Pear Salad was just the right combination of sweet, salty, nutty, and leafy. It helped make some dads (other diners, too) pretty happy.
Warm Pear Salad with Walnuts and Parmesan Cheese
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
juice of half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt (or salt substitute)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 pears—peeled, cored, and cut into 1/3-inch slices
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons sugar (or sugar substitute)
pinch of salt (or salt substitute)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Parmesan cheese, shaved to garnish
8 cups mesculun greens, washed and dried (I used fresh spinach)
In a small bowl combine vinegar, honey, mustard, lemon, salt, and pepper. In a small saucepan melt butter over medium-high heat. Toss the pear slices in the sugar and add to melted butter. Sauté pears until they are slightly caramelized but still firm. Add 3 turns of cracked black pepper and a pinch of salt. Remove pears from pan; keep warm. Add walnuts to the pan; toss in the remaining butter to coat and warm through. Toss greens in enough vinaigrette to coat them. Divide the greens among the plates. Top with the pear slices and walnuts. Shave some Parmesan cheese on top. Add extra vinaigrette if desired. Makes 4 servings. (Source: www.thedragonskitchen.com)