Roasted Bacon-Wrapped Pear Salad with Vinaigrette

Recreate this chic bistro salad in your own kitchen, featuring a robustly flavored apple cider vinegar and maple syrup dressing.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 6

Maple-Cider Vinaigrette

1/4
cup apple cider vinegar
2
tablespoons maple-flavored or real maple syrup
1/4
teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
5
tablespoons olive oil

Salad

3
Bosc, Anjou or Red pears
3
oz chèvre (goat) cheese
6
slices bacon
1
tablespoon maple-flavored or real maple syrup
1/2
teaspoon pepper
8
cups mixed salads greens
1/2
cup pecans, toasted, chopped

  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Place rack on cookie sheet.
  • 2 In small bowl, beat vinaigrette ingredients with whisk until well blended; set aside.
  • 3 Cut pears in half; remove core. Stuff each pear half with heaping tablespoon cheese. Wrap 1 bacon slice around each pear half. Brush pears with 1 tablespoon maple syrup; sprinkle with pepper. Place on rack on cookie sheet.
  • 4 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until bacon is cooked.
  • 5 On each salad plate, place 1 1/3 cups of salad greens. Drizzle each with vinaigrette; sprinkle with pecans. Place 1 pear half on top of each.

Expert Tips

Dressing can be made the night before. Store for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Sprinkle lemon juice on the pears to keep them from turning brown.