I found this little number on Epicurious when I was trying to determine what I should do with my many asian pears. Typically I just eat then but I apparently misjudged the amount of fruit I bought and was stuck with too much. I was in the mood for something crisp and light. Due to the fact that I have also purchased cream, cream cheese, and goat cheese to cook with this week, I really was in the need of making a lunch salad that was easy on the thighs. This was/is perfect!
Asian Pear Salad
2 crisp asian pears
3 stalks celery
1 serrano pepper
1/4 c. cilantro
3 green onions
1 lemon worth of juice
2 T. rice vinegar
To get this salad looking as beautiful as they have it pictured on epicurious you need to cut both the pears and the celery into match sticks. It actually didnt end up taking as long as I thought it would and it really makes the salad interesting to look at.
Cut the pepper in half, remove the seeds, and slice it as thinly as possible.
Slice the green onions at a diagonal.
Chop the cilantro. Combine all the ingredients and salt to taste.
I have had my salad in the fridge for a day and the pears do not look discolored so this can be added to your list of dishes that last multiple days without getting funky.
Due to the unique presentation of the salad and the "exotic" flavor combination of the crisp pear, spicy chili, and refreshing cilantro, this is something that will get praises at your next potluck.