I ate it just as a quickly thrown together side to some leftover chicken, but this is an elegant layered salad party-perfect for a springtime get together. Sweet, spicy, crunchy, and satisfying, proving yet again that simple ingredients treated with respect will always give you the best results!
Chipotle Honeyed Pears Over Pea Shoot Salad
2 pears, peeled, cored, and sliced thin
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 - 1 teaspoon of chipotle pepper powder (depending on your heat tolerance)
1 package of pea shoots, broken up with your hands
3 slices of thick cut bacon
1 tablespoon bacon fat
freshly crumbled goat cheese, to your taste
salt and pepper to taste
First, saute the prepared pears in the butter over medium heat.
When the pears begin to wilt, add the chipotle powder and honey. Saute for 1more minute, remove and let cool for a few minutes.
Prepare the bacon: cook 3 slices of thick cut bacon (I sliced mine in half to fit in the pan) over medium high heat until the fat has rendered and the slices are nice and crispy. Drain on paper towels to remove excess fat to retain crispiness. Crumble into bite-sized pieces
Build the salad by first tossing the bite sized pieces of pea shoots with the juice of one lemon, 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat, and salt and pepper to taste.
Top with the pears, then the crumbled bacon, then crumble the goat cheese over the salad to finish. I think I used about 1/3 of a small goat cheese log but feel free to add as much as you like! Enjoy!