Poached Pear and Fig Salad with Caramelised Walnuts


Poached Pear and Fig Salad with Caramelised Walnuts

Updated December 2023 | 2 min read
Words by Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos

A modern Mediterranean salad that combines fresh figs, poached pear and leafy greens, topped with caramelised walnuts that are rich in plant omega-3 fats.

Serves 2


Poached Pears

  • 2 brown or green pears, quartered
  • 1.5 cups (375mL) sweet white wine, such as Moscato
  • Ground nutmeg


  • 1x 60g bag of mixed lettuce leaves
  • Small handful of rocket leaves
  • 200g broccolini
  • 1 tbsp pitted Kalamata olives
  • 2 tbsp toasted or caramelised walnuts
  • 4 fresh figs, quartered
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 20g blue cheese, crumbled


  1. Put the pears and wine in a saucepan over high heat. Add a few pinches of nutmeg, then bring to the boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the pears using a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Divide the salad leaves, broccolini, olives, walnuts and figs between two serving plates. Arrange the poached pears on top of each salad, then drizzle with the olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Crumble the blue cheese on top before serving.

Images and text from The Heart Health Guide by Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos. Pan Macmillan RRP $34.99.

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