Green Salad with Asian Pear, Mint and Almonds

My husband usually leaves town for the month of January.  At least, this is the third year in a row that he has done so.  I get stuff done  while he is gone (lesson plan and grant writing, puppet building, studio organizing).  My cat and I get really, really connected.   I also invite people over for dinner, because I really need to cook a lot of food in order to be a happy person and my cat and I can only eat so much.

On friday night, my friend and neighbor Emily came over for dinner.  We had a tomato soup taste off.   It one corner we had Tomato Cognac Soup garnished with celery leaves and served with My Mother’s Amazing Crab Dip and celery sticks.  It was a good combo…very 1950’s.  In the other corner, we had Quick Curried Tomato Soup garnished with cheese and scallions and served with this fabulous salad that Emily brought over.  She also styled these lovely photos!


invented by Emily DeCola

  •  1 head of Red leaf lettuce rinsed and dried
  • 1 Asian Pear, sliced in to slivers
  • Leaves from one small bunch of fresh mint
  • A small handful of almonds toasted and chopped
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • Some olive oil
  • some capers
  • 1/2 of a small onion (or 1 shallot) minced
  • freshly ground black pepper
Combine the first four ingredients for the salad and the last five for the dressing.  Emily made the dressing by rummaging around my kitchen.  She is a good cook.  This was a delightful combination.  Did you know that asian pears taste good with capers?  They do.  Also, mint and almond should spend more time together in my food and they will from now on!
PS  There was no clear winner between these two soups.  They are both ridiculously easy to make…so easy that I could make them both on a Friday night after a long and tiring week of work.  They are both delicious.  It was fun to try them side by side though!
PPS  For Christmas, my husband built me a lighting system so that I can take food photos in the winter when I am working during all the hours of sunshine.  You read right, HE MADE me some lights.  He went to B & H (huge fancy professional lighting store in NYC) and looked at the expensive system that they sold for lighting food photography, and then he built me the lights that took the photos above.  He also made the wooden counter (that was last year).   I’m boasting on my husband.  He rocks.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, capers and asian pear… how unexpected! Those photos do look beautiful. And what an amazing gift! That is spectacular.


  2. Katherine says:

    Wow, yeah he does rock. (the photos are gorgeous!) that tomato cognac soup rocks, too. I remember eating this wih grilled cheese sandwiches followed by Jeff’s Birthday Cake one October in Queens. Mmmm…
    The other quick easy tomato soup I love is the Creamy Tomato Soup from Deborah Madison. My kids love it, too!

  3. I love Deborah Madison. I miss you Katherine.


  4. Glenda says:

    Sounds like a great salad combo! Photos look good enough to eat. Now I’m hungry, time for lunch!

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