Salvere Recipe: Roasted Pear and Arugula Salad

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Salads — So many ways to make them taste absolutely delicious. This recipe combines different types of greens and fruits to make a wonderful fall salad. First, lets tackle arugula. Yes, some people will say they don’t like it — It comes with a little bit of a peppery taste so can be hard to eat in a salad without combining it with other, more mild tasting, green stuff. The pear and arugula in this particular salad help to balance the flavors of the peppery arugula and sweet pear.  Try it!!!

Arugula belongs to the same family of veggies as kale, Brussels sprouts and broccoli and comes with many of the same health benefits. Pears and pomegranate seeds bring a balance of nutrients, fiber and flavor. In this recipe, we also provide a recipe for a homemade salad dressing. As we discussed in a previous recipe post, this is where the quality of your oil and vinegar do make a difference.  Yes, they may be a little more expensive but tastier and less expensive then pre made dressings.

Roasted Pear and Arugula Salad

roasted pears6 ripe pears
Honey or Agave nectar
Pomegranate Seeds
Candied Pecans
Gorgonzola Cheese
3 cups arugula
3 cups mixed greens, romaine or spinach

Preheat oven to 350.  Peal and slice pear in half and remove seeds.  Drizzle with olive oil, honey or agave and sprinkle with sea salt.  Roast until brown and tender about 30 minutes.  Remove from pan and let cool.

for the dressing combine:

1/2 cup pomegranate vinegar
1 shallot, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp honey
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/8 ground chipolte chile or ground cayenne

Whisk in: 1/4 cup olive or walnut oil (I prefer walnut here!)
salt and pepper to taste

Place combination of arugula and mixed greens on plate.  Put half pear in center of plate, sprinkle with gorgonzola cheese, pomegranates and pecans.  Drizzle with dressing and serve!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call her at (410) 707-0055.

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