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Salads, Vegetarian

Pear and Hazelnut Salad With Hazelnut Vinaigrette

For several months now I've had three hazelnuts sitting on my desk. They are not at all alike. One is your usual-looking round hazelnut; one is the same only a lot larger, and the most interesting is the third, which ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 4

Hazelnut vinaigrette

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar or tarragon vinegar
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons roasted hazelnut oil
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper

Step 1Combine the vinegar, shallot and salt in a medium bowl and set aside for 15 minutes. Add the hazelnut and olive oils and whisk well until the dressing is thick and smooth. Season with pepper to taste. Taste and adjust the amount of vinegar or oil if needed. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Salad

  • 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 3 pears, cored and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • Salt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Hazelnut Vinaigrette
  • 3 handfuls watercress, stems removed

Step 1Place the nuts and pears in a bowl, sprinkle with a few dashes of salt and toss with enough dressing to coat lightly.

Step 2Divide the watercress among 4 chilled plates, then distribute the nuts and pears evenly among the greens.

Note: Vary the colors in the salad by using green and red Bartlett pears. Look for hazelnut oil at specialty food stores and markets. It has a short shelf life; once opened, it will keep about 6 months in the refrigerator. You'll probably have enough vinaigrette left over for another use.
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