Spiced Poached Pears and Goats Cheese Salad

FEATURE IMAGE This Spiced Poached Pears and Goats Cheese Salad is stunning in every way! Delicious and beautiful, it can be prepared ahead of time making it perfect for entertaining.
This Spiced Poached Pears and Goats Cheese Salad is stunning in every way! Delicious and beautiful, it can be prepared ahead of time making it perfect for entertaining.

Over head shot of the red wine poached pears on a rectangle narrow lipped white plate.

I just love the colour in this Spiced Poached Pears and Goats Cheese Salad! The deep burgundy of the wine poached pears, the pop of green peppery watercress (although arugula works just as well) and then the white of the goats cheese (or you could use feta).

close up on the dark burgundy colour of the poached pears.

This salad is beautiful to look at and oh some yummy to eat! There is something so satisfying about a dish that looks as delicious and it tastes. They make the perfect dishes for entertaining. Simple to make, stunning to look at and amazing to eat.

And it doesn’t get much simpler than this Spiced Poached Pears and Goats Cheese Salad. The pears are poached in a red wine mixture that has is spiced with the flavours of mulled wine. The sweetness and aromatic spices work amazingly with the salty goats cheese.

Full table shot showing the salad, white linen napkin and silver cutlery.

Once the pears have been poached they can sit in the cooled poaching liquid for up to 24 hours. Perfect for preparing ahead of time! So serve this Spiced Poached Pears and Goats Cheese Salad as an appetizer next time you have friends for dinner and enjoy the praise that follows.

After these poached pears I would suggest a main course of perfectly cooked steak, a pat of red wine and shallot butter, with hedgehog potatoes and roasted mushrooms on the side. YUM!

split photo showing a dinner party menu pf steak with red wine butter, hedgehog potatoes and roasted mushrooms.

If you love poached pears then why not try these Pears Poached in Tokaj wine with golden raisins and cardamom, from my friend Brian over at Krumpli.
Don’t they look delish!!! That is Chantilly cream on top….DROOL!

Wine poached pears with golden raisins on a blue and white plate.

p.s Tokaj wine is an Hungarian dessert wine. Something Brian knows a lot about…..because he lives in Hungry not because he likes a drop of wine 😉
Pop on over and say hi, he has beautiful photos and amazing recipes.

Enjoy x

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Square photo, over head of pears on white plate with green watercress.
5 from 7 votes

Spiced Poached Pears and Goats Cheese Salad

This Spiced Poached Pears and Goats Cheese Salad is stunning in every way! Delicious and beautiful, it can be prepared ahead of time making it perfect for entertaining.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Modern Australian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 572 kcal


  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 cardamon pods
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 firm pears
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups watercress
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 goats cheese logs (9oz/240g total weight)


  1. Pour the red wine into a sauce pan, add the sugar, cinnamon, star anise,carsamon pods and a strip of the lemon peel.

  2. Stir it slowly over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.

  3. Peel the pears, cut them in half and use a teaspoon to remove the core.

  4. Poach them in the wine for 10 minutes or until just tender.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and leave the pears to cool in the poaching liquid.

  6. Mix the olive oil and the juice from the lemon together. Add a tablespoon of the pouching liquid and then seasoning the dressing with salt and pepper.

  7. Use about half of the dressing to coat the watercress and spinach and arrange it on 4 plates.

  8. Top each plate with two pear halves.

  9. Crumble over the goats cheese.

  10. Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts and serve with the remaining dressing.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is based on not all of the wine being used in the final dish.



Nutrition Facts
Spiced Poached Pears and Goats Cheese Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 572 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Protein 15g 30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. Reply

    Oi missus, stop downplaying my love of a drop of plonk 😉 This is such a great sound recipe, love that we both chose to poach pears and came up with something so very different. Beautiful photography as ever too!

    1. Reply

      Hahaha, I had best change the post, I can’t have your reputation tainted 😉

  2. Reply

    What an elegant appetizer! Love the pairing of wine poached pears and goat cheese (along with peppery watercress and spinach). This looks absolutely delicious.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Marie, it is such a flavour packed colourful salad 😀

    • Savita
    • March 2, 2018

    Totally my kinda salad. Love the color on these pears. Delicious!

    1. Reply

      They are so beautiful aren’t the Savita

    • Lisa
    • March 2, 2018

    Love how gorgeous and elegant this salad is. Definitely making for my next girls dinner!

    1. Reply

      It is the perfect dish for a girls dinner, so pretty and more importantly packed with flavours 😀

  3. My husband loves goat cheese so I think this would be the kind of salad he would get excited about! haha it looks so good!

    1. Reply

      I hope your hubby loves it Liz 😀

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