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Pear and Candied Pecan Salad

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup NAKANO® Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • salt
  • 2 ripe pears, cored, diced, ½-inch
  • ½ small red onion, sliced lengthwise into thin slivers
  • 1 piece aluminum foil (12x12-inches)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup pecan or walnut halves
  • 8 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup crumbled blue or feta cheese
  • black pepper, freshly ground

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, NAKANO® Seasoned Rice Vinegar,and ¼ tsp. salt. Marinate pears and onion in the dressing for 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, have foil handy. In a small skillet, combine the sugar and ¼ tsp. salt; cook and stir over medium-low heat, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping sides of skillet as needed, until sugar is smooth, melted, and golden (it burns quickly, so watch it closely). Add nuts; stir to coat. Watch the color and as soon as sugar turns a rich (not dark) caramel color (several seconds later), immediately transfer the nuts to foil. Pour caramel left in pan over nuts (nuts become crunchy as they cool). When cool, break nuts apart; set aside.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer pears and onions to a large bowl. Add lettuce and just enough dressing to lightly coat; toss gently. Add the cheese and pecans; toss gently. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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