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Pear Vinaigrette

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | February 12th, 2010 | Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
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I am a foodie.  I love trying new flavors, textures, cooking methods, etc.  I also am a little bit finicky about how my food is prepared.  I don’t like fried food; I prefer not to have a lot of fatty ingredients, such as cream, oil, or butter, in my foods on a regular basis.  Sure, I like to indulge occasionally, but for the most part I prefer healthier foods.

Because of this obsession with healthy foods, I prefer not to put salad dressing on my salad.  Yep, I am that annoying restaurant customer who orders her salad, “With dressing on the side, please.”  I prefer to dip the tines of my fork in the dressing and then stab a bite of salad.  It gives the salad some nice flavor without a lot of extra calories.

When I am at home and making salads, quite often I like to make my own dressings.  If I make my own dressings I can control the amount of oil added.  I understand that some dressings taste better with oil, but sometimes the ingredients simply shine on their own.  When I made this pear vinaigrette, I had thought it might need a bit of oil, but the flavors that it delivered persuaded me to believe otherwise.  Serving on salad for my husband and me, he had to agree.  It was a great topping, even without oil.

Pear Vinaigrette


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Ingredients
  1. 2 forelle pears
  2. 1/3 cup champagne vinegar
  3. 1 Tb. sugar
  4. 2 Tb. red onion, diced
Instructions
  1. Peel, core, and finely chop pears.
  2. Combine pears, vinegar, sugar, and onion in a small pot, and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes), then puree in blender.
  5. Serve immediately, or refrigerate.
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