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Frisée Salad with Walnuts and Pears

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Total: 25 min.
Frisee combined with spiced walnuts and pears poached in port make this a terrific light dish for late summer or fall.


  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup walnuts, halved
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and cut in quarters
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 whole peppercorns
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 cups ruby port
  • 8 cups frisée
  • 3 Tbs red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin


  • In a medium-size saucepan, combine the peppers and salt with the maple syrup. Over medium heat, simmer for 5 minutes. Add and thoroughly coat the nuts. Transfer the nuts to a wire rack, allowing them to dry individually and drain slightly.
  • In another medium-size saucepan, put the pears, cloves, peppercorns, brown sugar and port. Over medium heat, poach the pears until tender, but not mushy. Remove the pears and set aside at room temperature.
  • Wash and dry frisée. Make dressing with remaining five ingredients. Toss salad. Arrange walnuts and pears on the greens.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 345
  Calories from Fat 126 (37%)
(23%)Total Fat 15g
(8%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(13%)Sodium 313mg
(12%)Potassium 427mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g
(18%)Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 26g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(7%)Protein 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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