This Pear, Walnut and Feta Salad with Warmed Herb Honey makes a lovely starter, light lunch or even packed lunch when you need something a little more exciting than a plain old sandwich :)
My head is still in summer, but my body is firmly ensconced into autumn with feet buried in woolly socks & winter boots, layers under a sweater & scarf on. I may have also just switched my under-the-desk heater on too.
Pear, Walnut and Feta Salad with Warmed Herb Honey
So whilst I’m sharing a salad with you, it is an autumnal one. With pears and walnuts being in season now, the warm herb honey is the real deal breaker, tying those cool flavours together with something a little special.
I had it as a lunch, but I imagine it gracing a dinner party as an elegant starter. Whilst Jonny & I do neither elegant nor dinner parties, I shall live vicariously through yours if you don’t mind :)
I used thyme in my honey, but oregano, rosemary or any other woody herb would work well too, and do give them a good bash with a rolling pin first if you fancy. Not only will it release more oils, it’s rather cathartic I’m led to believe. Avoid the more fragile herbs such as coriander and basil.
- 1 large crunchy but ripe pear
- 1/2 a pack of feta crumbled
- 3 tablespoons walnuts roughly broken up
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 or 5 sprigs of thyme reserving some of the little leaves
Plate up the feta, walnuts & pear.
In a small saucepan add the honey and herbs and let gently simmer for 3 or 4 minutes, until you can start to smell the oils being released into the honey.
Drizzle the honey over the salad (leaving the herbs behind) and sprinkle with the reserved thyme leaves.