Pear and Brie Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

This fresh pear and brie salad with blackberry vinaigrette has fresh pear, brie cheese and is a beautiful and colorful salad that is absolutely delish!

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So while most Thanksgiving side dishes can be heavy, rich and loaded with butter and cream (which I totally love and respect)… maybe add a salad this year. Maybe add this salad!! Why? Because it’s bright, fresh and scrumptious, not to mention the dressing makes a lot so you can pour it on any leftover brie that you may have and eat it with a spoon…  That’s what I did {spoon is optional}. πŸ˜‰ And if you don’t make this for Thanksgiving… promise me you make it for lunch tomorrow… do it! Now put on your shades… you’ll need them for all the color that’s about to happen…

*note* This recipe is dedicated to my bf who sat there with her 3 month old patiently waiting while I made this salad. What should have only taken me 15 minutes, took me 45… I blame the orange. I’ll explain later in a few.

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I was inspired by a salad my friend ordered at a restaurant, it was a little different, okay a lot different. But it had blackberries and Brie in it! Oh how I love Brie! So while I was wondering the isles of my grocery store, I picked up a few of the ingredients, invited my best friend over and made us this salad. We both had two helpings… and marveled in the combination of creamy Brie, fresh pear and blackberries. 

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First, make the vinaigrette. Rinse and pat dry the blackberries. 

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Next, throw a carton or a cup of blackberries into a food processor. 

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And then blitz them until it looks like jelly. Or… never mind.

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Next, press them through a mesh strainer to catch those nasty seeds and discard. Now… who sees the heart?

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You should be left with a smooth blackberry puree.

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Next add in the white wine vinegar, honey, thyme, kosher salt, black pepper and orange zest. Funny thing, when I was zesting the orange and I must have thought it’d be a good idea to rest the orange on my micro-plane and like a sack of bricks it fell into my dressing and sending my micro plane into the air, creating, well something that looks like…

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A murder scene. True story.

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But I pressed on… and took my anger out on the orange by cutting it in half and squeezing the life out of it. Ahhh… I felt much better.

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Whisk all those together…

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This is the tough part. My right arm can attest to it… SLOWLY and I mean S-L-O-W-L-Y stream in the olive oil and whisk the bejesus out of it!!

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Next, set the dressing aside and quarter a pear. I do a quarter a pair per person, usually.

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Then remove the center core…

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Next, slice thin pieces of pear.

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Brie. I love Brie. Baked, not baked… I don’t care I love it. {Do I have to capitalize Brie???}

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Unroll it. Obvi!? Don’t freak about the white edible wax… it’s, ahem… edible.

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Them slice into disks. discs? Whichever, you can leave them like this, or break them up and scatter. I like’em whole… but that’s because I have a crazy obsession with Brie and the more Brie the better!

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Next, build your salad by layering, lettuce, Brie, pears and sprinkle the pears with a little kosher salt. Next, top with toasted walnuts.

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…and then finally drizzle with the blackberry dressing. I could seriously drink this stuff.

Enjoy! And if you give this Pear and Brie Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 8

Fresh Pear and Brie Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

This fresh pear and brie salad is drizzled with the most amazing fresh blackberry vinaigrette. It's a beautifully colorful salad that is absolutely delish!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • juice and zest of half an orange
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • a pinch of dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more or less to taste
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 8 ounces mixed salad greens
  • 2 ripe pears, quartered and sliced thin
  • 1 (6 ounce) log of brie, sliced
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
  • a few pinches of kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Puree the blackberries and then strain them through a wire mesh sieve.
  2. Combine the berry puree, honey, vinegar, honey, kosher salt, black pepper, orange zest and juice in a bowl and whisk while slowly pouring a steady stream of the olive oil.
  3. Taste to check seasonings, adjust if needed and set aside.
  4. Divide the greens among plates.
  5. Quarter the pears and remove the center core/stem. Slice the pears into thin pieces, arrange on top of the greens and sprinkle with a little kosher salt. Slice Brie and scatter evenly.
  6. Drizzle with the blackberry vinaigrette and garnish with the toasted walnuts.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 21g Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 292mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 12g Protein: 5g
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23 Responses to “Pear and Brie Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette”

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    Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry. — November 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

    absolutely gorgeous!!!! LOVE brie!! and your vinaigrette is killer!!!

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    Keeley — November 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I will be making this! Thank you!

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    Susan Lindquist — November 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Beautiful salad! Getting blackberries is a bit tough right now … I wonder if I could use blackberry jam to make the dressing … Love your beautiful pear … what type of pear is that?

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    Winnie — November 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Wow- this salad is beyond gorgeous! And I really LOVE the idea of the blackberry dressing…YUM!

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    Aarthi — November 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    This is really a refreshing salad yummy..

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    Grubarazzi — November 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    This salad is uhhhhmmmazing. Yum.

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    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — November 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I've never seen a brie LOG before! I'm a new woman.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    i love the blackberry dressing idea…and i love that the seeds are strained out! they're the reason i can't bring myself to eat blackberries, but i think drinking the vinaigrette would work out just fine πŸ˜‰

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    Carolyn — November 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I can't say that I am all that excited about Tgiving yet…just wrapping my mind around the fact that it's already November! But your salad looks delicious, I am excited about that. I buzzed it!

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    Shutterbug — November 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    this is the kind of salad one would find at a high end restaurant, but it's also quite easy (and cheaper) to make at home! πŸ˜€

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    Candice — November 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    The combination of pear and blackberry looks really delicious. It's not something I would have thought of…but I'm really excited to try this recipe!

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    Turmericnspice — November 5, 2011 at 2:01 am

    first time here and i love the space ….vinaigrette looks absolutely awesome

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    Alexis — November 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    This looks great! My daughter *loves* purple and pears so I think she'll love this!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Susan~ I believe it is a red bartlett… but any pear will do!

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    ohitsjuno — November 6, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Interesting blog, I really enjoyed browsing it πŸ™‚

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    Made in Sonoma — November 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I love beautiful salads and this one is composed so beautifully!

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    Yasmeen — November 7, 2011 at 9:20 am

    What a beautiful blackberry vinaigrette! I'm with you on the Brie love (technically yes, we capitalise it because it's named after its namesake region in France).

    I also totally believe in plenty of fresh flavours at Thanksgiving time!

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    ZDSea — December 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Hi! Making this for Christmas, can you make the dressing ahead of time? This salad looks beautiful for Christmas dinner!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Absolutely! πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

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    Trevor Bechtel — July 3, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Speaking from personal experience, the blackberry puree process totally sucks rocks. But yes, the resulting vinaigrette is perfectly drinkable on its own.

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    Hannah — June 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Blackberries are in season, and I just made this. You weren’t kidding when you said you could drink it. Best. Dressing. Ever. I linked to it in my round up this week.

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