Arugula Salad with Pecorino + Pears

Simple + Fresh

Contributed by Joanna Meyer

Light, fresh and elegant, this arugula salad contributed by Joanna Meyer of Baked by Joanna (an adaptation from a recipe in Saveur magazine) is as perfect for a dinner party as it is for a simple weekday lunch. Joanna says, “With the summer days flying by and knowing that it won’t slow down as we head into the holidays, I need to make sure I enjoy healthier meals that will keep me energized. And while some may believe Saveur is filled with tough recipes from around the world, the magazine actually offers many simple dishes that you may already have ingredients for. Case in point, this Rucola con Pecorino, Pignoli e Pere, a salad from Montefalco, Italy that pairs plump raisins with salty Pecorino Romano cheese and peppery arugula. It’s perfect for a quick lunch or a light appetizer. Give it a try!”

Rucola con Pecorino, Pignoli e Pere
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Serves: Serves 4
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 5 oz baby arugula
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz pecorino romano cheese
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. In a small bowl, combine the water and raisins. Allow the raisins to soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Toss the pears in lemon juice; set aside.
  3. Arrange the arugula on a serving platter and season with salt and pepper. Top with the pears, and shave pecorino romano cheese over the top. Sprinkle on the raisins (after draining the water) and pine nuts.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, if preferred. Evenly drizzle the dressing over the salad.

Photo: Joanna Meyer


Chandler, AZ

Joanna Meyer studies Food Industry Management at Arizona State and is an aspiring Culinary Creative. Aside from being a wonderful daydreamer, she enjoys gardening, snapping photos of delicious meals and sharing her love of everything edible on her food blog Baked by Joanna.

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