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Pear Salad with Mint, Blue Cheese and Dates

Put sweet, ripe pears into a savory salad
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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."

Pear Salad with Mint, Blue Cheese and Dates

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

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

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

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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