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Old 03-24-2016, 04:35 PM   #1
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Your suggestions for a dressing needed!

Hi. For Easter dinner I want to have (among other things of course) a salad of:

fresh pears, sliced
roasted walnuts
crumbled feta cheese
(of course it's going to crumble...)

Can you come up with a slightly sweetish dressing for this salad?

I have a recipe that includes young spring greens with the above ingredients, but I do not want to include greens and therefore the balsamic vinegar + olive oil will not work.

Many thanks. And I am depending on you, because I haven't a clue.


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Old 03-24-2016, 04:47 PM   #2
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I would just make a simple vinaigrette from balsamic and olive oil (or maybe walnut oil).
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:02 PM   #3
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How about fresh lemon juice (maybe a bit of zest), oil of choice (walnut, flaxseed, grape seed or other complimentary oil you like), pinch salt, pinch pepper and a bit of honey (to your sweetness preference) amounts depend on the amount of salad you are making. Mix well to blend honey (taste and adjust if needed) and dress salad.
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:19 PM   #4
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Hi, Daisymae. I love this citrus vinaigrette for salads that include fruit. The original recipe calls for watermelon on a bed of greens with feta, but you could sub the pears. I know you said you don't want to include greens, but it sure does look prettier on a bed of assorted greens.


Honey Vinaigrette:
  • Cup Italian Dressing
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • Pinch of Ground Black Pepper
To make honey vinaigrette, whisk ingredients together in mixing bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

Here's the copycat recipe from one of my fave family restaurants.
Healthy Dining Finder - Feta Watermelon Salad from BJ's Restaurants
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:21 PM   #5
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Spring Dressing
• 1 Tbs chopped fresh mint
• 2 Tbs fresh lime juice
• 2 tsp Violet Lavender Syrup
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:38 PM   #6
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If that was for me !!! I would make a mango & honey sauce to dress you salad.
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:46 PM   #7
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I want to thank you all v. much. No lack of choice here. What the hey am I going to do...maybe ask my family what they prefer, I guess.

Cheryl, I do intend to place the pears & feta on a bed of greens; I just did not want any greens mixed in with the ingredients themselves. Tks.

Sir Loin, where do you obtain your Violet Lavender syrup? My wild violets aren't blooming yet. Still somewhat cold here.

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Old 03-24-2016, 07:05 PM   #8
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Sir Loin, where do you obtain your Violet Lavender syrup? My wild violets aren't blooming yet. Still somewhat cold here.

You can buy it at Amazon.com from several manufacturers like Torani or Monin, but I of course recommend the Amoretti brand. That is what the recipe is based on so if you use one of the others you will probably have to use more than the recipe calls for.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:39 PM   #9
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Pomegranate molasses mixed with a little olive oil, water and a pinch of salt. Just amazing a beautiful (ruby colored).


You can get pomegranate molasses at health food stores and many grocers in the section where they sell rose water and ethnic stuff. It's sweet and tart and lovely. I actually rarely dilute it - just drizzle it straight on salads in small quantities but it's nice done up as above.
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:53 PM   #10
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You can also make your own. One 16-oz bottle of Pom Wonderful juice, up to 1/4 cup sugar, up to 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice. Combine, simmer on stove until thick.

I used 1/2 gallon of apple cider to make apple syrup. Just boiled the juice until reduced to about 1/8 of original volume. Got one cup of the most delicious pancake topping imaginable. With bits of apple in the pancake, it's almost sinful!
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