I would like to warn you right away, that not everyone will like this combination, but if you like to experiment – go ahead! I really enjoy this fusion of sweet and juicy pear, camembert and of course walnuts! Nuts and camembert are magical combination, and works perfectly together. Addition of some sweetness of fruit and spiciness of rocket, makes it not only looking quite fancy and elegant, but also gives a nice taste twist. All that makes it a great summer salad for more elegant party or romantic dinner for two. It’s so easy to make, you only need a couple minutes to prepare the ingredients. Then just place them nicely on the plates and there you go.
I like delicate, creamy, buttery, clearly noticeable mushroom aroma and taste of camembert. But if you like more brie or blue Stilton, you can use it instead.
Did you know that camembert cheese was invented by a woman? More precisely, Marie Harel, who in 1791 (the year when the French constitution was created) received a recipe for brie from a priest hiding on a farm. The ingenious girl modified the recipe of Beaumocel cheese, which was produced on the farm where she worked, and added mold bacteria to it, thus giving life to the first piece of Camembert cheese.
Also according to scientists, apart from zinc, copper and calcium, as well as many vitamins, cheese contains tryptophan – an amino acid that strengthens the nervous system and is involved in the production of serotonin. What is serotonin? Of course, the happiness hormone! So increasing the cheese in your diet, will make you happier and more positive. Just be careful if you’re pregnant. Woman expecting a baby should avoid eating this kind of cheese, as it can contain higher levels of the listeria bacteria, which can cause listeriosis – possibly leading to miscarriage and stillbirth.
I like this unusual combinations of fruits and salads, when you think: no way! this things can’t go well together! And then surprisingly you find it absolutely tasty. If you also like this kind of experiments try my orange and Chinese cabbage salad or keto salad with strawberries.
pears & camembert salad
- bunch of rocket
- 1 pear
- piece of camembert cheese
- handful of walnuts
- couple tbsp olive oil or other you like (grapeseed oil in my case)
- 1-2 tsp spicy mustard
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- pinch of coarse pepper
- pinch of natural rock salt
First start with the dressing. In a small cup or jar mix together: oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, a bit of salt and pepper. Dressing should be quite intensive – spicy and sour.
Rinse the rocket if needed. Peel the pears and slice as you like. Also cut the camembert cheese as your fantasy suggests. Put the rocket, pears, cheese and walnuts on the plate and pour the dressing over it. I suggest you eat it right away, before the pears turn dark and the rocket gets soggy.