Assembling these salads is like ‘Blockhead’, a game my son and I used to play when he was little. It was a set of blocks, all shaped differently, plus random objects he added, such as toy cars and plastic frogs. Players take turns placing the blocks, and the first one to topple the tower loses.
Stacked Pear Salads
double handful watercress or other small leaf lettuce
handful toasted pecans
crumbled blue cheese
Balsamic vinaigrette dressing (I used Newman’s Own)
2 T. honey
Cut pears into slices. Use a corer, small cookie cutter or paring knife to cut out the cores. Leave the stem on the top piece. Reassemble the pear, placing lettuce, pecans, and bleu cheese between slices. Drizzle with dressing, then honey.
It’s best to assemble these salads at the table, not in the kitchen.
Place them on a large dinner plate. When people eat them, they are going to topple over.
You’ll need forks and knives to eat them.
This salad is so easy yet so dramatic! If people seem intimidated to eat them, make a game and see whose pear is the first to topple. Guaranteed to break the ice.