Fall for the Warren Pear in this Easy Autumn Salad

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Frog Hollow Farm Warren PearJust as I was mourning the loss of our favorite summer berries, I received an email asking me to consider trying the Warren Pear from Frog Hollow Farm and sharing my opinion of the fruit if I was so inclined. The mention of Frog Hollow Farm made it an easy decision, knowing their reputation for providing local, organic fruit, especially stone fruits like peaches.

My friend Elaine, from virgoblue.net, described them as tasting like “buttah”. Really? A pear? The build up was big so I feared the reality might disappoint. Happily, it did not. It is the loveliest pear I have every bitten into – none of that mealiness we often find in a Bartlett. It explodes in your mouth with juicy smoothness but a heartiness you won’t find in a Bartlett. Other pear varieties like D’anjou and Bosc can compete on heartiness for salad making but not on texture, flavor, and juice.

The pear is named after its founder – Thomas Oscar Warren and has not caught on commercially because it is difficult to grow. Frog Hollow is one of the few commercial growers of it in the country. Its origin is Mississippi.

Frog Hollow Farm Warren Pear

Truthfully, we really just wanted to eat them all plain – it almost seemed a shame to create a dessert or other course when we could just cut them up and devour. But I adore fall salads with toasty nuts, hearty cheeses, and spicy greens like arugula. So I came up with this yummy salad that is easy enough to prepare anytime, elegant enough for a dinner party, and flexible enough to modify to meet your dinner theme or family’s tastes.

If you want to try these wonderful Warren Pears, you can order them through Frog Hollow Farm (froghollow.com) or you’ll find them at Whole Foods and local farmer’s markets:

– Select Bay Area Farmers’ Markets:  SF, Berkeley, Danville, Santa Cruz
– Frog Hollow Farm Cafe @ The Ferry Building

Arugula Salad with Warren Pear, Toasted Walnuts, Gorgonzola, and Lemon Thyme Olive Oil Dressing

Feeds 4

10 oz. Arugula or Mixed Greens with arugula

1 Warren Pear

1/3 cup crumbled gorgonzola, blue cheese, or sliced parmesan

1/3 cup toasted walnuts or pecans*

For Dressing:

1 lemon, zested and juiced

1/3 cup olive oil

1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

salt and pepper to taste

*You can toast nuts by placing on a baking sheet in a toaster oven or in a regular oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them – they go from deliciously toasty to burnt rather quickly.

Slice the pear, skin on, into bite size pieces. Place greens on 4 salad plates, top with crumbled cheese, nuts, and pear. Salt and pepper the salad to taste.

For dressing, combine the fresh thyme, lemon juice, and zest in a small bowl, then whisk in the olive oil to combine. Be sure to taste – my amounts are approximate and depend on the size and juiciness of your lemon and flavor of your olive oil. Add salt and pepper, taste again, then dress each salad and enjoy!

Note: I received the pears for tasting for free from Frog Hollow Farm but received no compensation or input for writing this blog post. The opinions are entirely my own.

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13 Responses to Fall for the Warren Pear in this Easy Autumn Salad

  1. frugalfeeding November 9, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Yummy! Pear works SO well in salads! what a delight.

    • omgyummy November 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

      Doesn’t it though? And oh to combine with toasted nuts – it just doesn’t get much better for me!

  2. Sandy Corman November 9, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Now this I will have to try. Sounds yummy and best of all not too difficult to make. That’s for me.

    • omgyummy November 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

      Yes – you really can try this one – you guys will love it!

  3. Just A Smidgen November 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Delicious… these pears look remarkable and your dish is just the kind of dish I love to make! Glad to have found your blog:)

    • omgyummy November 10, 2011 at 5:33 am #

      I’m glad you found it too!

  4. misssrobin November 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    It sounds so yummy!

    Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day. It was a really fun day for me.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  5. Hotly Spiced November 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    They look a bit like a corella pear. And your salad presents so well.

  6. Domino November 14, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    My favorite pear! Prevadelli Farms also sells them at the Aptos/Cabrillo Farmers Market, but on Saturday they said this was the last week for the season!

    • omgyummy November 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

      The last weekend – oh no. I did taste a comice at Whole Foods yesterday that was pretty yummy, but the Warren really stands alone for it’s texture and juiciness.

  7. sippitysup (@sippitysup) November 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    OMG you’re right this is yummy (and seasonal). It was terrific meeting you at IFBC this weekend. GREG

    • omgyummy November 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

      You too! I heard so much about you (all good) after Camp Blogaway that it was a real pleasure to meet you in person finally! And oh that brussels sprouts salad you brought to Andrew’s on Sunday. If I only had a picture!

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