Love Goat Cheese? Try This Addictive Salad

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Sweet, salty, tart, crunchy, and spicy, this salad has the perfect flavor and texture balance. The inspiration was pomegranate molasses, which I learned about when I worked on a Persian food class. I like how the molasses takes the acidic edge off the vinaigrette, but it is still tangy and delicious.
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Arugula, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Serves 6
Ingredients:
For the vinaigrette:
1 large shallot, halved and thinly sliced
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
2 tbsp sherry or apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
For the salad:
4 cups arugula, lightly packed
4 cups romaine, torn into bite-sized pieces
2 ripe pears, cored and cut into 1/2" cubes
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
3 oz fresh goat cheese or feta, crumbled
1/4 cup pistachios, toasted and coarsely chopped
Instructions:
1. In a small bowl combine the shallot, pomegranate molasses, vinegar, salt and pepper and whisk until the salt is dissolved. Whisk in the olive oil and let vinaigrette stand at room temperature until salad is assembled.
2. Combine the arugula, romaine, pears and half of the pomegranate seeds in a large bowl. Crumble half of the goat cheese over the ingredients in the bowl (this works best if the cheese is very cold).
3. Whisk the vinaigrette until uniform and add all but 2 tablespoons of it to the bowl. Gently toss the salad with your hands or salad tongs, coating the ingredients well with the vinaigrette. If the salad seems dry, add the vinaigrette in small increments until it is dressed to your liking.
4. Crumble the remaining cheese over the salad and sprinkle the remaining pomegranate seeds and the pistachios over the top. Serve immediately.

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