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salad of butter lettuce, sautéed pears and pistachios with maple vinaigrette

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salad of butter lettuce and sautéed pears I found a really interesting smoke sea salt at my favorite local shop called Cured.  I have used some of the other flavors from FalkSalt but this one really did it for me.

the pig and the fig

The smoke really made the pears sing (there is a very bad joke to be made here but let's move on)  In any case, this salad pairs very nicely with the pork sausages with beer and maple reduction, mac and cheese or does just fine on its own.  Although, I would probably add an intensely tangy blue cheese and serve with some warm, crusty bread.

salad of butter lettuce, sautéed pears and pistachios with maple vinaigrette

1 large head of butter lettuce, washed and torn

1 large firmish pear, sliced

1/4 c pistachios, roughly chopped

1 T butter

1/2 t sugar

a pinch or two of smoke sea salt (or regular)

pepper

To sauté the pears, melt the butter in a large skillet, add the pears and cook over med-low heat until they begin to soften and color.  Add some salt, the sugar and cook a bit more.  Taste for seasoning and let cool a bit before adding to the salad.

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maple vinaigrette

1 cup olive oil

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/8 c maple syrup

1 small shallot

1 t dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

whiz all but the oil in a blender, slowly pour in the oil through the feeder tube while the still running to emulsify.