Pear Salad with Bacon, Walnuts & Parmigiano

I can’t think of a better way to eat your fruits and veggies than in this salad! Anti-fruit Eric (I can’t wait for him to read this post HA!), is obsessed with this pear salad. The secret to getting Eric to eat pears? Bacon, walnuts, and parmigiano do the trick. Wink.

Besides teasing Eric, this salad is everything a fall salad should be. Opposites attract! Sweet pears, slightly bitter arugula, smoky bacon, salty parmigiano, and buttery walnuts…your taste buds are ready for the party!

Tossed in a simple, fresh vinaigrette is all you need to compliment pear season in the best way possible.

Watch Eric and I make this salad together! The video is below!

My STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO below will help guide you through the recipe. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for recipe videos every week!




Makes: appetizer for 4 people

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

The Ingredients

~5 ounces arugula

1/2-pound (8 ounces) bacon, diced

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts*

3/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (substitute grana padano for a less expensive option)

1 just-ripe Bartlett pear, quartered and cut into slices

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (sub white wine vinegar if needed…white balsamic is best though!)

1 teaspoon honey

Salt & pepper to taste

*You can usually buy finely chopped walnuts in the baking section of your grocery store! If you can’t find them, you can chop them with a knife or a pastry cutter!




The Steps

For bacon: Cook bacon in a dry pot over medium-high heat until crispy, about 10-15 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon from pot and set aside to let cool. Drain excess fat (juices), leaving just the bacon drippings in the bottom of the pot. Scrap bacon drippings into the bowl that you will make the dressing.

For dressing: In the bowl with the bacon drippings, add white balsamic, honey, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Go light on the salt because the bacon and parm are salty! Whisk together.

To assemble: In a large salad bowl, add arugula, cooled bacon, walnuts, parmigiano, and whisked dressing. Toss to combine.

Plate salad, topping with pear slices and black pepper.




The Steps With Video

My STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO below will help guide you through the recipe. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for recipe videos every week!

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