A stunning Pear & Star-fruit Salad


Salads need not be boring or run of the mill. If you let your instincts drive it, you can come up with the most exciting recipes. The above salad happened for me in a similar way. I went into the store to buy ingredients for a good warm soup for supper and I noticed these lovely Starfruits sitting on the shelf. I could imagine how good they would look in a salad. So I picked them up and a few Pears n Purple Romaine Lettuce to go with them. Here goes the recipe for this beautiful looking salad.

Note: The measures in this recipe serves 2 to 3 people.

  • Romaine Lettuce – Couple of bunches, fresh, washed and clean.
  • Starfruit – 2 Nos, Cut into thin cross-sections.
  • Pears – 1, Cut into thin quarter slices. Ensure you cut off the top and bottom and get rid of the seeds.
  • Walnuts – A handful, roughly broken in middle
  • Dry Figs – A handful, cut across into thin cross section pieces. Can be a bit tough to cut…so use a sharp knife and be careful while cutting.
  • Alfalfa Sprouts – A couple of handfuls, washed and clean. If you can get it…skip it as any other sprouts can be over-powering.
  • Parmesan Cheese – For garnish later.

Put all of these except for the Parmesan into a big salad bowl.

Now to make the dressing :

Take 2 table spoons of EVOO in a small bowl. Add 2 table spoons of Balsamic Vinegar to it and 2 teaspoons of Brown Sugar (You can control or vary the Sugar based on your liking). Add a pinch of salt and pepper to it. Whisk it with a spoon or fork until it is well integrated and the Sugar has dissolved.

Pour the dressing over the Salad and toss it gently without breaking the fruits.

While serving, garnish with a few shavings of parmesan cheese.

The flavor profile is sweet followed by saltiness from the parmesan and the slight sourness from the balsamic vinegar.

Hope you like it 🙂  njoy!!!


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2 Responses

  1. Linda says:

    First and foremost,Congrats Samith,this is the first recipe I tried n it tasted awesome.Personally liked the sweet,sour,salty n nutty flavours of the salad.Also tried the spicy Thai Chilli basil Tofu..,very good indeed!!
    Well food evokes emotiion and paints the soul.It is like uncovering a new element every day.So all that a good recipe needs is a theme and an intelligent cook which I think you are.You have dashed a bit of oil,splashed some colours,added interesting ingredients and enhanced the flavours.Not just this,it feels like each recipe is well planned,beautifully arranged and served with a smile..Im hoping to see many more recipes soon.
    Would be interesting to know of some tips and tricks that you may have discovered while in the kitchen,a separate section on this may be worthwhile..,All in all a good and colourful start..,

    • samith says:

      Thanks a ton for your very encouraging comment, Linda. Glad that you liked my recipes and it worked well for you too. Yes, every dish must have a soul & a character and that comes with pairing/combining specific components/ingredients to engage the senses you are trying to target i.e. sight, smell and taste 🙂

      I will be posting many more recipes over the next few weeks (have some backlog to catch up on).

      And Yes, I’m also planning another category called “Musings” to tag general posts on food. Tips n Tricks will go as a part of that.

      Thanks again and keep coming back 🙂

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