Saturday, August 14, 2010

What's Grows Together, Goes Together: Pear Squared Salad


Searching for inspiration for a new recipe for this week's Green City Market Sprouts presentation, I had to look no further than the market itself. At Leaning Shed, amongst all of the deliciously different tomatoes, I found some lovely pear shaped ones, a little longer than a cherry. Leaving them alone, I walked only a few stands down to find real pears, a little firm, but nothing that a few days on the counter wouldn't cure. Pears and pears together - natural fit but for the fact that I've never seen pears and tomatoes paired. Nevertheless, intrepid was I, I returned to the Shed and bought a bagful. The resulting recipe, Pear Squared Salad, was a huge hit both among the sprouts and their parents.

Pear Squared Salad
Serves 2-4

2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon honey
pinch coriander
pinch cinnamon
pinch kosher salt
1 pear, cored and chopped into small pieces, sprinkled with 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup pear tomatoes, quartered
1/2 teaspoon chopped cilantro

Mix together the first eight ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the pears and the pear tomatoes and sprinkle with cilantro.

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