Salad with pears
Insalata con pere
I love making salad with pears and other fruits like apricot and apple. The wonder of pears is that they can be very different depending on the maturity of the fruit. When the pear is green and firm it has crunch and a rather anonymous nutty taste like Jerusalem artichokes. And when the pears are ripe the salad becomes mellow, sweet and slightly decadent. The fruit is so wonderfully versatile.
This salad with pears is traditional in its combination with arugula and gorgonzola, but the preparation gives it a nice twist. The pears are grilled and the gorgonzola is covered in a wonderfully crisp fried batter. It may not be the healthiest variation, but it sure tastes good.