Pear, Basil and Pecorino Toscano Salad

Pear, Basil and Pecorino Toscano Salad via Olives and Oranges as seen on

From the book "Olives and Oranges" page 82...(making use of those beautiful pears we just received for Christmas!):

12 oz Pecorino Toscano cheese
4 ripe pears, cored and cut into eighths
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Vin Santo vinegar or other high-quality mild white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel or other medium-coarse sea salt or more to-taste
Coarse ground black pepper

Using the tip of a sharp paring knife, break cheese into irregular chunks about 1/2 inch in size.

Place cheese, pear slices, basil leaves, oil, vinegar and salt in a large bowl and toss to combine.  Season with pepper and more salt if needed.  Serve at once.  (4 servings)

So easy and so delicious! 

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James XVI said...

What a wonderful book, thanks for sharing this recipe which I am sure to try.

By coincidence, I left a post about oranges (and receiving fruit for Christmas) this morning at Garvinweasel.

linen and lavender said...

Hi, James. This is a wonderful book. I just received it for Christmas from my sister and am already immersed in its pages. Beautiful photographs always help.
I will be sure to check out your post. Thanks for stopping by! ~lb

Anonymous said...

Surprise! It is tasty and good.

James XVI said...

I deeply appreciate the story you shared on my 'Christmas Story' post... I recalled memories of my own Grandparents on reading it and felt a sense of gratitude and peace. Take care.

linen and lavender said...


How sweet of you to take the time to let me know that!
My Grandpa has been gone since '97 but my Grandma joined him just this past May. Not easy to lose grandparents, so I can only imagine how difficult it must be to lose both parents.
My heart goes out to you and I send you all my best wishes for comfort and joy in the new year. ~LeAnn

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