Have you ever had an Asian pear? I had my first one this week.
Asian pears have a crisp skin with a sweet flesh. These were also sent to me from Frieda’s Produce. Frieda’s recommends picking pears that have a firm feel and smell sweet. They say you can refridgerate them for up to one month!
These pears can be used a variety of ways. I decided to toss them in a salad of baby greens with blue cheese and a lemon honey vinegarette.
Asian Pear Salad with Lemon Honey Vinegarette (inspired and adpated from Food and Wine, Maker’s Diet approved)
1 large Asian pear, cored and sliced
3 – 4 cups baby spinach, baby greens and baby kale
1 cup blue cheese crumbles or chunks
1/4 cup chopped red onions
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
salt and pepper
1. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, white wine vinegar, and honey in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
2. Assemble salad with greens, pear, cheese, onions and any other vegetables you might want to toss in (I added some leftover roasted broccoli.).
3. Drizzle dressing over salad and enjoy!
Lemon + honey + Asian pears + blue cheese = winning combination
Another really great idea to use these pears would be a pear tart. They can be used just like apples in baking. So maybe a pear crisp as well! If you make one, let me know how it turns out!
The pears for this recipe were supplied by Frieda’s. If you are in St. Louis, don’t forget to stop by your local Schnucks and vote for your produce manager to be entered to win a $500 Schnucks gift card!
Are you interested in trying some Asian pears, baby bok choy or perhaps some jicama? Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday and I’ll pick a winner next Monday, April 16th and send you some coupons from Frieda’s so you can go get some!