Honey-Roasted Pear Salad With Thyme and Verjus Dressing

195 mins (prep 180, cooking 15)
15 ingredients
8 servings
An elegant and sophisticated salad that makes good use of verjus (verjuice) in the dressing. I use a local blue cheese, such as Roquefort in this salad; however, please do use a local blue cheese of your choice - any creamy or robust blue cheese will marry well with the pears and tart dressing. Verjuice, or verjus, is the juice of unripe grapes. This staple of French provincial cooking, a key ingredient in Dijon mustard, has the tartness of lemon juice and the acidity of vinegar, but the harshness of neither. Its delicate flavour is ideal for everything from stocks to sweet syrups - as long as you know what you're doing. Verjus was also a common ingredient used in English cooking throughout the Middle Ages. I try to make a batch of verjus every year with the green grapes from my non-dessert grape vine - as I love cooking with it. This recipe came from an old copy of Bon Appetit magazine from 2005. Prep time includes the time it takes the pears to cool.

Categories:  salad , greens , fruit , north-american , taste~mood , romantic , nuts , <-4-hours , french , appetizer , californian , time-to-make , holiday , served-cold , european , easy , presentation , salad-dressings , american , valentine's-day , heirloom~historical , vegetarian , pears , vegetable , english ,
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Serving Size (52.12 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 215.76 Calories from Fat 170.46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18.94g 233.05%
Saturated Fat 1.62g 64.75%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 4.25mg 1.42%
Total Carbohydrate 11.72g 31.24%
Dietary Fiber 1.68 g 53.84%
Sugars 9.63 g %
Protein 2.61g 41.73%
Vitamin A 339.33IU% Vitamin C 3.11mg%
Calcium 40.17mg% Iron 0.95mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
white grape juice, apple cider vinegar, large shallot, fresh thyme leaves, fresh thyme sprigs, bartlett pears, firm, butter lettuce, blue cheese