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Tommy C. Simmons, An enthusiastic cook
Photograph Tommy C. Simmons

Hope you were lucky enough to receive a box of fresh pears or oranges as a holiday gift. My brother and his wife, “Jo” and Anne Collier, sent us a box of Comice pears from a Texas fruit grower, Pittman & Davis. These pears are so sweet and juicy you have to stand over the sink when you bite into one, ‘cause the juice is going to run down your chin for sure. We ate most of them sliced and unadorned, but I did save a few to put into a green salad we served alongside roasted turkey and Brussels sprouts. Toss what you like into the salad mix. Everything tastes good with the sweet pears.

Home kitchen-tested recipe
Pears & Greens With Honey Lime Dressing
Serves 4 to 6. Adapted recipe is from Pittman & Davis.

1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. lemon rind (I zested a Meyer lemon from my tree in Louisiana)
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash of Tabasco
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 ripe but firm Comice pears
Salad greens of choice
Roasted nut pieces
Sliced Havarti cheese
Steamed broccoli florets
Peeled and sliced carrots

  1. Make the salad dressing by combining the lime juice, paprika, lemon rind, mustard, honey, salt, Tabasco, pepper and oil in a small bowl. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Peel, deseed and slice pears.
  3. Arrange salad greens in a bowl, top with sliced pears, roasted nuts (if desired), cheese, broccoli florets and carrots. Drizzle Honey Lime Dressing over the salad and serve.

Posted January 9, 2015

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