fresh pear vinaigrette

Fresh pear vinaigrette, via; © Brooklyn Supper 2012, all rights reserved
I usually make my go-to salad dressing of olive oil and rice wine vinegar with a pinch of salt when dinner is about thirty seconds from the table and I realize the salad isn’t dressed. If I have some shallots or citrus and a full sixty seconds to spare, I’ll add that. Otherwise, it’s the old standby, which, while perfectly flavorful, can get a bit dull. So when I need to break out, add more flavor, or want to make something more memorable, I look to the blender. Here, a single pear and a bit of red onion make for a surprisingly creamy, mild dressing that happens to blend beautifully with radicchio.

And yeah, I know it’s strange for a post on salad dressing made with pears to be featured in a salad made with apples. But you know, sometimes that’s just how it is in the kitchen. You use the last pear for your dressing, and go with apples instead. You don’t mind, do you?

Radicchio salad with fresh pear vinaigrette, via; © Brooklyn Supper, all rights reserved

Fresh Pear Vinaigrette

1 very ripe medium-sized pear, cored and diced
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

Combine ingredients in a blender, and blend ’em up. (For easy clean up, I used a jar and my stick blender.)

Toss over the salad of your choice. Here, I went with a mix of radicchio, mizuna, Parmesan, and Mutsu apples.


  1. Sounds lovely! I shall try it tomorrow eve. says

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I just know either the pear or the apple will do !!!

    Never thought of this before, and I am sure my husband would love it!

  2. Amber says

    This was delicious! My pear wasn’t ripe enough so a little ginger syrup worked well in it. I also added a touch of balsamic vinegar and it really deepened the flavor. But this recipe is well done. Thank you!


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