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Poached Pear & Hazelnut Salad Recipe

Poached Pear Salad Recipe

Image: Georgia Harding

This is a delicious side salad or build a meal by adding your choice of protein. I love the combination of poached pears with the spicy rocket, crunchy hazelnuts and salty parmesan. It’s a flavour match made in heaven.

Serves: 2




  • 2 cooking pears
  • 125mL red wine
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • 120g rocket
  • 50g parmesan
  • Dijon Dressing
  • 60mL olive oil
  • 20mL red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Pinch sea salt
  1. Peel the pears, remove the core and cut into quarters. Place them in a small pot and add the red wine. Cover and simmer for 5–7 mins or until they are just starting to soften.
  2. Meanwhile toast the hazelnuts under a low grill, tossing regularly until they are just golden brown and the skins fall away. Place them in a tea towel and rub to loosen the black skins from them. Set aside to cool.
  3. Place the rocket into a serving bowl.
  4. Once the pears are cooked, remove from the pot and allow to cool fully. Slice and arrange on the rocket with the hazelnuts and parmesan.
  5. To make the dressing, mix all the ingredients together in a small jar until well combined.
  6. Dress the salad immediately before serving.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.