Autumn Pear and Apple Waldorf
"Vegan Cooking" by Beverly Lynn Bennette & Ray Sammartanto
Yield: 6 Servings
1 large Bartlett pear or other pear of choice, peeled and diced
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup olive oil
3 TBS apple cider vinegar
3 TBS fresh ginger, minced
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 large Bartlett pears or other pear of choice, cut into 1/2-in cubes
2 large golden delicious apples, cut into 1/2-in. cubes
2 large Gala or Fuji apples, cut into 1/2 in. cubes
2 TBS. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup raw walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried currants
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1. For dressing, place diced pear, water, olive oil, vinegar, ginger, cardamom, and salt in a food processor fitted with an S blade or a blender, and process for 1 or 2 minutes or until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides of the container with a rubber spatula and process for 15 more seconds.
2. In a large bowl, place cubed pears, golden delicious apples, and Gala apples. Drizzle lemon juice over the top, and toss gently to evenly coat to prevent discoloration. Add celery, walnuts, raisins, currants, and parsley, and stir well to combine.
3. Pour dressing over mixture, and stir well until evenly coated. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more to allow the flavors to blend before serving.