Pear Salad with Mint, Blue Cheese and Dates

Put sweet, ripe pears into a savory salad

Argentine chef and grill master Francis Mallmann takes a step away from the fire to make this quick and easy salad that's all in the details. Amber-colored dates get paired with juicy Bartlett pears, mint and creamy blue cheese.

To learn more, read "Fire Starter."

Recipe adapted from "Mallmann on Fire," by Francis Mallmann

Pear Salad With Mint, Blue Cheese And Dates
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Prep Time
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Total time: 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 large ripe red Bartlett pears, halved, cored and cut into thick wedges
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 8 ounces blue cheese (such as Saint Agur) brought to room temperature and cut into wedges
  • 12 dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • ¼ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, toasted
  • Eight ½-inch thick slices country-style white bread
  • Butter, brought to room temperature
Directions
  1. Divide the pears among 4 salad plates and season with salt. Arrange a wedge of cheese and 3 dates on each plate. Drizzle with the olive oil and garnish with the mint and peppercorns. Serve with the sliced country bread and butter.
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