Just because it's cooler doesn't mean you have to stop having hearty salads for dinner. Fall's fabulous flavors, like pears, dark greens, and nuts, are excellent ingredients in dinner salads.
In this recipe, the cinnamon-spiced pears are roasted in a bath of orange juice. Parsley leaves add freshness and toasted pine nuts provide a delicious crunch. Creamy goat cheese and salty Parmesan cheese finish off the salad. This dish is also a perfect starter for a fancy dinner, so get the recipe and read more.
For the spiced pears: Serves 6.
4-5 firm but ripe pears, peeled, cored, and quartered
splash of olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
juice of 1 orange
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
For the goat cheese salad:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 bunch arugula and/or watercress leaves
2 ounces Parmesan, shaved
11 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
30 flat parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup pine nuts, toasted until pale golden brown
For the spiced pears: