Bitter Greens Salad with Asian Pears, Avocado and Tahini Dressing

Stuart Brioza’s colorful salad is a mix of flavors and textures: bitter, sweet, nutty, crispy, creamy. The delicious hot-sauce-spiked dressing pulls all of the ingredients together.

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  • Servings: 8 to 10

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tahini dressing
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek or Sriracha
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chile oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 mandarins
  • 1 fennel bulb—halved, cored and thinly sliced on a mandoline
  • 1 pound mixed chicory lettuces, such as frisée, escarole, endives and radicchio, chopped (16 cups)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup small mint leaves
  • 2 Asian pears—peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 Hass avocado, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • Flaky sea salt and pepper, for seasoning
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the Tahini Dressing

    In a food processor, combine the tahini, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and sambal oelek and puree until blended. With the machine on, slowly drizzle in the canola oil and chile oil until incorporated. Transfer to a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Make the Salad

    Using a sharp knife and working over a bowl, remove the skin and white pith from the mandarins. Cut between the membranes to release the sections.

  3. Make the Salad

    Arrange the fennel, lettuces, cilantro and mint on a platter and top with the sliced Asian pears and avocado and the mandarin sections. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and season with sea salt and pepper. Drizzle some of the tahini dressing and a little olive oil on the salad and serve the remaining dressing on the side.

Make Ahead

The dressing can be refrigerated overnight; whisk in water if it gets too thick.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published December 2014

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