Roasted Pear Salad

by Anna on July 3, 2010

in Salads,Vegetarian

Hi guys, I’m here with my tale between my legs, bummed you know…my country was a bit of a downer, and decided to trip over their on feet, how embarrassing. But if you are not from Germany, Netherlands, Uruguay or Spain you too have your tale between your legs. Right? It’s a bummer…. Big one…Well… Next time. Next world Cup will be in Brazil, can you imagine the pressure? Yup… they better start training already. And God help us that FIFA will banish the infamous vuvuzela, what was that? How annoying, it ruined the games for me. I had to watch with the TV on mute. Anyway…* huge sigh* Moving on… so how you guys planning to spend the day tomorrow. Lots of BBQ plans? Yummy picnics? I didn’t plan much; we will probably be discovering new beaches. Tonight I made this roasted pear salad stuffed with goat cheese and rosemary. It was nice as a salad but I think it would be great as a side dish for some pork chops too. Happy July 4th .


  • 2 Anjou pears
  • 1-cup goat cheese
  • ¼ cup of pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Peel the pears and slice them lengthwise into halves. With a small sharp paring knife and a melon baller, remove the core and seeds from each pear, leaving a round well for the filling. Toss the pears with some lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown. Arrange them in a baking dish core side up brush some melted butter. Gently toss goat cheese, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, rosemary, salt and pepper and red chili flakes together in a small bowl. Divide the mixture among the pears, mounding it on top of the indentation. And bake until the pears look golden. Drizzle the honey on top of the pears before serving. I served with baby arugula.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn @ defunkt gourmet July 11, 2010 at 6:51 AM

Sorry to hear about your team, but I know they’ll represent and probably dominate at the next World Cup 🙂
I am actually not a huge fan of pears. I don’t know why. Because they’re lovely and juicy and sweet. Two things I have a hard time eating are cauliflower and pears. Though, I did go and have pears and crepes on Friday and it wasn’t all that bad. which makes me think that I’ll probably enjoy this salad. And it’ll give me a chance to get some goat cheese, which I’m not entirely sure if I’ve had or even like. OH well, I guess we’ll find out!
Lovely as always 🙂

Astrid July 10, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Um, these pears made me do a double take. I want to make this so badly. I may do it, too, next week. I will let you know if I do!

Dana July 8, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Oh my gosh Anna. It’s late at night! I can’t go out to pick up goat cheese or pears for salad at this hour!

I just want this salad now, ever so badly.

It looks fabulous!

Anna July 8, 2010 at 6:43 AM

Oh Dear! I’m sure the Americans would do very well if they were into football. Like they do in any other sport. 🙂

The Manly Housewife July 8, 2010 at 5:49 AM

These look great! All I can say is maybe someday (fingers crossed) America will learn how to compete against these far more dominate teams. 🙂

sweetlife July 7, 2010 at 6:32 PM

lovely pears, yup the world cup disaapointed me also, but maybe next time..


sensiblecooking July 7, 2010 at 7:41 AM

The photos are so good. I can actually eat it as dessert. Looks so deliciously fresh.

Juliana July 6, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Anna, these roasted pears sure look so tasty and creative, love the idea of topping with cheese an pine nuts, great presentation 🙂

paula July 6, 2010 at 5:38 PM

sou amiga da ana e do wesley, eles me passaram seu link. nossa, bem legal. não só a receita, mas a apresentação do prato. parece ótimo! 🙂

Anna July 6, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Hi Tami…Nem com premio…o preguica…hahahahaha! Eu estou no meio de fazer o designe de um blog novo so de sobremesa, mas esta me dando uma dor de cabeca. Nao tenho cozinhado muito, esse final de semana foi feriado prolongado e eu nao sai da rua. hahahaha! Fico feliz que vc gostou do molho de tomate. Eu adoro aquele molho. Beijos Tami tenha uma otima semana.

Baking Serendipity July 6, 2010 at 5:08 PM

I didn’t realize the next World Cup is set to be in Brazil! How cool! Also, these pears look absolutely fantastic! I’m passing the recipe on to my mom right now who I know will love it just as much as I do 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Tamy July 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Boa idéia!!! Mas sabe que eu até postei qual seria o prêmio, não deu muito certo!!! hahahaha

Mas, tudo bem… daqui alguns meses será aniversário do blog e retomo a promoção…

E você como está? Cozinhando muito? Nossa! Tenho fascínio pelas suas receitas. Esses dias fiz o molho de tomate da sua nona. Adorei!!!!

sarah July 6, 2010 at 4:19 PM

What a beautiful arrangement. I love all the earthy salads you’ve got going on! This one looks so elegant.

Chef Dennis July 5, 2010 at 5:23 PM

those pears sound delicious…and your images are beautiful! the goat cheese in the pear is really a great idea…they must have tasted so good!!

Erica July 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM

I loveeeee pears, but I don’t like goat cheese!!!I would love to try it with a different kind of cheese!Sorry about Brazil!!! It was my favorite.

Verena July 5, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Anna, que maravilha essa receita! Sou fã de frutas e queijos (o de cabra é uma paixão!) e os dois juntos com temperinhos e frutos secos? Quem resiste? Acho que ficou um prato chic e muito maravilhoso!
Um Beijo! Seu blog é uma inspiração!

Tamy July 5, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Oie, eu já tinha feito salada com pêra grelhada mas nem de longe ficou tão bonita como a sua e adorei a idéia do queijo sobre a fatia de pêra!!! Pratos perfeitos como sempre né??? beijos

Patricia Scarpin July 5, 2010 at 6:13 AM

Anna, what a lovely salad! Pears are in season here and in Australia too! 🙂
As for our soccer team, they’d been playing against really weak teams, I saw that coming… 🙁

Mika July 5, 2010 at 1:40 AM

I’m italian so I understand, our guys made such a poor figure…

Cook with Madin July 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Hi Anna, what a gorgeous salad, and your photos are amazing too. I will not be surprise if this will be on top 9. I want to grab the other half of the pear so I can have it now, looks delicious. Sorry about the “futbol”.

Vanille July 4, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Truly mouthwatering !

Pachecopatty July 4, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Oh yeaah, I’m trying this salad, love the pears, love the goat cheese, love the pine nuts, I could go on, I just love the whole thing!

Téia July 4, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Querida Anna, vi no seu perfil que é brasileira, então, vou escrever em português porque em inglês não sou das melhores. Adorei seu blog, suas receitas e suas fotos, é tudo muito lindo, caprichoso e especial. Parabéns e um beijo grande aqui do Brasil.

Kathleen July 4, 2010 at 12:57 PM

You have soooo done it again. This looks fabulous!! Happy 4th and try not to stay too bummed!!

My Man's Belly July 4, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I love the idea of baked goat cheese with the pears. I’m going through one of my goat cheese phases, at the moment, and can’t get enough of the stuff. So this is going at the top of my list of dishes to make.

bunkycooks July 4, 2010 at 8:17 AM

I didn’t have time to keep up with the World Cup this year, but I think everyone else surely did! I loved roasted pears and almost any fruit roasted. Your salad is lovely. Happy 4th to you as well!

Cindy Waffles July 4, 2010 at 7:22 AM

That salad looks great! Happy 4th of July!

Stella July 4, 2010 at 6:03 AM

These pears are beautiful, Anna. Like always! I could eat one right now for breakfast. I just need some crusty, whole grain bread to go with it and my coffee (smile). Sorry about the ‘futbol’ bummer. It’s okay-next time!

Alina July 4, 2010 at 1:02 AM

Anna, I just want to bookmark every recipe you post! This one is my latest favourite, and it sounds pretty simple so I’d love to try it as soon as first summer pears appear here.

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