When David and I were getting ready to go to Italy on our Honeymoon, we took Italian lessons. It was so much fun- we learned some language, culture, and a few great recipes! One of our fellow classmates was married to an Italian chef. I mean, Italian, as in he grew up there, not in the US. He shared a simple recipe involving just three ingredients (sliced pears, long peels of Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar) and it has been our favorite ever since!!!
Tonight I decided to modify it by making it into a salad. Here is what you'll need:
-About one Romaine heart, torn into tiny pieces.
-One very ripe pear, chopped into approx. 1/2" cubes
-A block of REAL Parmesan cheese (not the stuff in a plastic can, haha!)
-The best balsamic vinegar you can afford
-High quality olive oil
Basically, you just put it all in a bowl and toss. Be sure to grate your Parmesan for this recipe. For the olive oil, I used about 1 TBSP and for the Balsamic about 1/2 that. But you can do it to taste. That goes for all ingredients really!
This is an addictive salad- It's sweet and salty and oh-so-yummy! Great for kids too, since its got fruit in it and its chopped up already.