Savory Bosc Pears with Bacon, Walnuts, and White Wine Vinaigrette

Savory Bosc Pears with Bacon, Walnuts, and White Wine Vinaigrette | www.alldayieat.com

Yo yo yo! I’ve got a very delicious salad to share with you today. It’s made with Bosc pears.

Savory Bosc Pears with Bacon, Walnuts, and White Wine Vinaigrette | www.alldayieat.com

I would save this for when you want to treat yourself. Or if you need something special for a party or a potluck. It’s not an ordinary dish.

It would be a solid choice if there were people you were trying to impress. Yourself included.

The pears are coated in bacon fat and tossed with toasted walnuts. You then drizzle an olive oil-mustard-white wine-vinaigrette and top with chives. Sound fancy? It is.

But it’s easier to make than you might think!

Savory Pears

When I think of pears, I don’t really imagine eating them in a savory manner. I was used to eating them raw, cooked in wine or in baked goods for example.

This was the first time I’ve had them sauteed and I liked it a lot.

The bosc pears maintain their shape quite well in the pan. And they are a good contrast to the crunchy nuts and savory mustard bacon vinaigrette.

Bosc pears are not overly sweet or overly juicy. As a result, they maintain a fine balance of all that’s going on here.

There are a lot of different flavors and textures playing with each other. But they are playing nicely. It is a unique experience for sure.

I haven’t had anything like this before. And that, is what makes this pear salad such a standout.

Plus it will make your house smell fantastic.

Lastly, you don’t need any obscure ingredients to enjoy the complex flavors that make this dish so special. So, I hope you get a chance to try this one out!

PS – If you need a side for your office potluck or holiday party,  have a look at some of my recipes below. Hopefully, you will find a gold nugget below(an edible one that is):

 

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Course side
Cuisine New American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course side
Cuisine New American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Savory Bosc Pears with Bacon, Walnuts, and White Wine Vinaigrette | www.alldayieat.com
Instructions
  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees and toast walnuts on a baking sheet for approximately 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  2. Cook bacon in a large pan on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Once crisp around edges, transfer to a dish with paper towels to soak up extra oil.
  3. Pour off excess bacon fat from the pan, leaving at least 1 Tbsp. Season pears with pepper and cook in pan with bacon fat on medium-high heat approximately 5 minutes. Rotate so sides brown evenly.
  4. Meanwhile, combine vinegar, mustard, and 3 Tbsp. olive oil in a small bowl. Season with pepper.
  5. Once pears are nicely browned, add in walnuts and bacon. Drizzle dressing over everything and mix so there is an even coating. Top with chives and serve!
Recipe Notes

Use whole grain mustard if you want less sweet and more savory.

I've made this with olive oil and walnut oil. Walnut oil imparts additional walnut flavor, but it is very delicate. So unless you have some, not something I would worry about.

 

 

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35 thoughts on “Savory Bosc Pears with Bacon, Walnuts, and White Wine Vinaigrette

  • January 20, 2017 at 5:34 pm
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    I am kind of skeptical with the bacon-pear combo. But it really looks delicious on the pictures. Also, I love bacon!

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    • January 21, 2017 at 10:01 pm
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      take a chance and try it out, you never know, it might surprise you (in a good way! ) 😀

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  • January 7, 2017 at 6:47 am
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    This salad has THE BEST ingredients.

    Excuse me while I wipe off my keyboard from all my drooling…

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    • January 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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      thank you Sarah! I do too, I need to find more recipes, let me know if you have any 😀

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      • January 9, 2017 at 7:39 am
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        I just sort of make it up as I go along. Pineapples and apples with pork are great (I’m pretty sure pork chops should always be served with apples). Mangoes seem to work well also.

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  • December 26, 2016 at 6:45 am
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    It looks delicious. I will try it.

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  • December 24, 2016 at 9:22 am
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    Looks like a wonderful and delicious recipe. I am going to try it soon

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  • December 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm
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    You already had me at bacon and walnuts but after reading wine vinaigrette? I was completely sold. Sounds so scrumptious! I will def give it a try!

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  • December 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm
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    Looks delicious. I’m gonna try this at home this holiday season. Thanks for sharing.

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    • December 23, 2016 at 11:15 am
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      thank you potato chaser! let me know how it goes!! 🙂

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  • December 22, 2016 at 7:00 am
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    Wow! This seems yummy and healthy. Thanks for the detailed recipe.

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  • December 22, 2016 at 4:30 am
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    This sounds absolutely delicious, wonder if I could get my fussy children to eat this!

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    • December 23, 2016 at 11:25 am
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      thank you Jenni! i think you could, its got a lot of flavors going on for sure 😀

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  • December 22, 2016 at 2:09 am
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    Wow!!! its seems delicious and easy 🙂 I definitely pin it because i want to try it 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us

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  • December 21, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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    I wish I was creative in the kitchen. But I bet my family wishes so even more!

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    • December 23, 2016 at 11:24 am
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      thank you Sage ! i always say baby steps to those beginning to cook, it takes time! 🙂

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  • December 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm
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    Mmm yummy. Can you substitute the pears for potatoes? This looks good!

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    • December 23, 2016 at 11:23 am
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      i wouldnt recommend it since the pears are sweet and add their flavor to the mix. thank you for stopping by !

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  • December 21, 2016 at 5:35 pm
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    OH this looks like a dish my Hubs would like 🙂
    I am not the best cook, but your photos make it look effortless.I might give it a try. Thanks!

    Warmly,
    Celeste | ohhelloceleste.com

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  • December 20, 2016 at 8:23 pm
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    This dish looks to die for. 🙂 Though I can’t eat bacon, there’s so many other flavors that you put together. I decided to make this for my family’s holiday party. I’ll have to look for walnut oil.

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    • December 21, 2016 at 8:14 am
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      thank you Ellie! I’ve seen walnut oil at WholeFoods and Williams Sonoma in case either of those are near you let me know how this turns out without the bacon and what you use in place of it! 🙂

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      • December 23, 2016 at 9:13 am
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        I made a version of your salad last night. It was delicious. I found the walnut oil at Whole Foods. Thanks for the tips and happy holidays!

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        • December 23, 2016 at 11:13 am
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          thank you Ellie! did you substitute for the bacon? i tried a vegan split pea soup yesterday using liquid smoke as a substitute for ham hock and it came out really good!

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          • December 23, 2016 at 11:23 am
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            You know, I’ve heard of using liquid smoke to replace ham hock. I’ll have to try it. I just left the bacon out, followed your recipe…and it turned out great. My family of course said that it would taste better with bacon 😉 My mom’s thinking of making it for Christmas.

          • December 23, 2016 at 11:27 am
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            ah ok! im such a bad influence. 🙂 happy that it turned out well without it, i’ll have to try that myself. thanks for reporting back and Merry Christmas ! 🙂

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