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Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  6 servings, 1 cup each
Bartlett or Anjou pears are used in this salad for their crisp texture. The nut and cheese combination sets the tone of the dish—white Cheddar and pecans is decidedly American. For an Italian twist, try a good Parmesan with some toasted walnuts.

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare salad without pecans up to 2 hours ahead. Stir in pecans just before serving.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
4 stalks  celery, trimmed and cut in half crosswise
2 tablespoons  cider, pear, raspberry or other fruit vinegar
2 tablespoons  honey
1/4 teaspoon  salt
2   ripe pears, preferably red Bartlett or Anjou, diced
1 cup  finely diced white cheddar cheese
1/2 cup  chopped pecans, toasted (see Tip)
Freshly ground pepper  to taste
6 large leaves  butterhead or other lettuce

Tip:
To toast chopped nuts & seeds: Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
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DIRECTIONS
Soak celery in a bowl of ice water for 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.


Whisk vinegar, honey and salt in a large bowl until blended. Add pears; gently stir to coat. Add the celery, cheese and pecans; stir to combine. Season with pepper. Divide the lettuce leaves among 6 plates and top with a portion of salad. Serve at room temperature or chilled.


Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 10/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   6 servings, 1 cup each
Calories: 221
Fat. Total: 14g
Protein: 6g
Carbohydrates, Total: 20g
Fat, Saturated: 5g
Fiber: 4g
Cholesterol: 20mg
Sodium: 244mg
% Cal. from Fat: 57%
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