Green Salad with Pears, Pecans, and Feta

pears in a blue bowlAdapted from Still Life with Menu
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 to 5 servings

Crisp and soft greens are combined with sweet, juicy pear slices, toasted pecans, and soft, salty feta cheese. When served as a second course, this salad leaves you so satisfied, all dessert cravings just fade away.

The amounts/proportions suggested below are flexible, and can be adjusted to your taste.

1 medium-sized ripe pear (D'Anjou, Comice, or Bartlett)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 small head soft leaf lettuce, cleaned and spun dry
2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans, lightly toasted
1/2 crumbled feta cheese
2 teaspoons wine vinegar (red wine, sherry, or champagne)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Cut the pear into thin slices (peeling is optional). Transfer to a small bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Place the clean, dried lettuce in a medium-sized bowl. Tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces, drizzle lightly with oil, and toss until coated.
  3. Mix in the pecans and feta. Sprinkle in vinegar and black pepper to taste. Toss to distribute everything.
  4. Lift the pear slices out of the bowl of lemon juice with a fork or a slotted spoon. Place them on top of the salad, toss gently, and serve.
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