The pears in my fruit bowl were getting past the ripe and juicy stage and arriving at the bruised and woolly stage. I had to throw a couple out but, luckily, some were salvageable. I didn’t want to use them in a sweet recipe, and decided to try them in a salad instead. The result is this bright, fresh side-salad.
The trick with this salad is to balance the flavours so it’s neither too sweet, or too sour. That’s why I only give a guideline as to how much vinegar to put in the dressing, it really depends on how ripe your orange is. Taste as you mix it. And be careful with the mint – you just want a hint of coolness, not toothpaste!
2 smallish pears
1 bag rocket (70-100g)
3 tbsp olive oil
2-3 tsp cider or white wine vinegar
4 mint leaves, shredded
4 olives (black or green), sliced
Top and tail the pears.
Cut them in half and scoop out the core.
Slice them thinly.
Segment the orange and squeeze the juice from the remains into a bowl.
Add the rocket, orange segments and pears into a salad bowl.
Mix the olive oil into the orange juice.
Add the vinegar a teaspoon at a time until you have got the right balance.
Season it with salt and pepper.
Stir in the mint leaves.
Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss thoroughly.
Serve with the olive slices scattered over the top.
Serves 2 as a side salad