Greens and Pear Salad with Peanutty Goat Cheese CroquettesCooking time: 15 minutesPrint recipe
Serves: Makes 6 servings

As a simply elegant first course for a dinner party or a fresh and satisfying lunch, this colourful, warm salad is full of flavour and nutritious ingredients.


9 cups (2.25 L) mixed greens (romaine, radicchio, spinach, curly endive), torn

2 pears, cored and cut in eighths (skin on)

1 egg

1 tbsp (15 mL) water

¾ cup (175 mL) fresh bread crumbs

½ cup (125 mL) salted peanuts, chopped

10 oz (300 g) log of soft goat cheese (chevre), cut into 12 rounds


1 small onion, finely chopped

¼ cup (60 mL) balsamic or sherry vinegar

6 tbsp (90 mL), divided  olive oil

1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh thyme, parsley or basil, minced

½ tsp (2 mL) salt

½ tsp (2 mL) black pepper, freshly ground


In a large bowl, toss greens and pears. In shallow bowl, whisk egg with water. On a plate, combine bread crumbs and peanuts. Dip cheese rounds in egg mixture, then in peanut mixture.

In small saucepan, combine onion and vinegar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium; cook for 6 minutes or until onion is softened. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick frying pan, heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil over medium-high heat. In batches if necessary, cook cheese rounds for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden and crisp on outside and melted inside.

Whisk remaining 4 tbsp (60 mL) oil, thyme, salt and pepper into onion-vinegar mixture. Pour over greens and toss to coat. Divide among 6 individual salad plates. Top each serving with 2 goat cheese rounds. Serve immediately.



Per serving: 380 calories, 28 g fat (14 g monounsaturated), 14 g protein, 18 g carbohydrates.


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