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Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

From: EatingWell

Crisp pears are tossed with Cheddar cheese and pecans in this delicious salad. For an Italian twist, try a good Parmesan with some toasted pine nuts or to go British use crumbled Stilton and toasted walnuts.

Servings: 6 servings, 1 cup each
Prep: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins
Rated : 
 by 2 people
4 stalks  celery, trimmed and cut in half crosswise
2 tablespoons  cider, pear, raspberry or other fruit vinegar
2 tablespoons  honey
1/4 teaspoon  salt
2   ripe pears, preferably red Bartlett or Anjou, diced
1 cup  finely diced white Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup  chopped pecans, toasted (see Tip)
  Freshly ground pepper, to taste
6 large leaves  butterhead or other lettuce
1. Soak celery in a bowl of ice water for 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
2. Whisk vinegar, honey and salt in a large bowl until blended. Add pears; gently stir to coat. Add the celery, cheese and pecans; stir to combine. Season with pepper. Divide the lettuce leaves among 6 plates and top with a portion of salad. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare salad without pecans up to 2 hours ahead. Stir in pecans just before serving.
Tip: To toast chopped pecans, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 221, Total Fat 14 g, Saturated Fat 5 g, Monounsaturated Fat 4 g, Cholesterol 20 mg, Sodium 240 mg, Carbohydrate 20 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 6 g, Potassium 221 mg. Daily Values: Calcium 15%.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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