Pear and Arugula Salad with Parmesan Dressing

I just bought Tyler Florence’s new book, “Fresh” and I have to say I am pretty obsessed with it. I have already marked down at least 10 recipes that I want to make and am so intrigued with his way of thinking. Today’s recipe isn’t from his book, however did help “inspire” me to value the naturality (if that’s a word) of ingredients.

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I hope I do make it clear that with my blog, I want to focus on fresh, wholesome and real ingredients. Now I’m not talking down on a trip to In n Out, which us Cali peeps know is a necessity to have in our lives. What I want to convey is that real and delicious ingredients don’t need a lot of covering up and should be respected and loved.

When I made this arugula salad, that’s exactly what I was thinking. Peppery arugula with salty and creamy Parmesan is a classic combination. Top with crisp, sweet pears and all of this simplicity bursts with flavor.

On a side note, I found this pic of Hula in the same folder as my salad photos. She’s kinda camera shy.


Pear and Arugula Salad with Parmesan Dressing


  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • Parmesan Dressing
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Few dashes hot sauce (optional)


  1. In a food processor or blender, blend all the dressing ingredients until incorporated. About 30 seconds. Taste for seasoning.
  2. Toss a few tablespoons of dressing with arugula and top with sliced pear.
  3. *Store leftover dressing in fridge.

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