I love salads all year round, but like most people I make them more often in the spring and summer. I like to incorporate fruit in salads, as I find it makes them more of a meal and adds a lovely flavour and freshness to them. This is a lovely salad for spring or autumn and takes only moments to put together. It is nice to incorporate a red lettuce like Lollo Rosso in your mixture of lettuces if it is available as it adds a nice colour, flavour and texture. Unless the skins are tough, or bashed up, I try not to peel the pears. Again this adds colour, flavour and texture, plus the skin is also very good for you.
To serve four people generously, you need:
4 cups of mixed lettuces (washed and drained)
2 pears, cored and sliced (peeled if necessary)
¾ cup walnuts
¼ cup walnut or olive oil
2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1 generous teaspoon Dijon mustard (such as Grey Poupon or Maille)
2 teaspoons liquid honey
In a clean jam jar or shaker, mix together the oil, vinegar, mustard and honey. Put a lid on and shake everything together well.
Put all the lettuces in a large bowl, and add most of the sliced pears and walnuts (keeping some back for garnish). Add most of the dressing (try to reserve about 2 tablespoons) and toss through the salad.
Serve the salad immediately in bowls or on plates, garnished with a few more pears slices and walnuts drizzled with some of the reserved dressing. If you prefer to serve the salad in a large bowl, say for a buffet, simply garnish the large bowl of salad with the reserved pears and walnuts drizzled with the dressing.