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Arugula, Blue Cheese and Fried Pear Salad

Servings 4
Author From "The New Cook" by Donna Hay


  • 8 long , thin slices of bread
  • olive oil
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp parsley or cilantro
  • 2 pears , peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 lb arugula
  • 1 red onion , sliced
  • 6 oz soft blue cheese
  • cracked black pepper


  1. Brush bread with a little olive oil and sprinkle with the parmesan. Place bread on a baking tray and cook in a 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes or until golden and crisp. Set aside to cool.
  2. Heat butter in a frypan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, pepper and parsley to pan and cook for 1 minute. Add pears to pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until golden.
  3. To serve, arrange crisp bread, arugula, red onion and blue cheese on serving plates. Top with pears and pour pan juices from pears over salad. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper and serve immediately while bread is crisp.