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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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Servings: 4
Calories: 572kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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  • 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)


  • Pour the red wine into a sauce pan, add the sugar, cinnamon, star anise,carsamon pods and a strip of the lemon peel.
  • Stir it slowly over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Peel the pears, cut them in half and use a teaspoon to remove the core.
  • Poach them in the wine for 10 minutes or until just tender.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and leave the pears to cool in the poaching liquid.
  • 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.
  • Use about half of the dressing to coat the watercress and spinach and arrange it on 4 plates.
  • Top each plate with two pear halves.
  • Crumble over the goats cheese.
  • Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts and serve with the remaining dressing.


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


Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g
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