Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Grilled Portobellos With Arugula, Roasted Pears & Balsamic

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On a recent visit to Florida, I had this salad at a restaurant in South Miami.  It was the most enjoyable dish I had during my entire stay.  As a matter of fact, it was the first time I have ever enjoyed arugula.  This recipe is as close as I can remember. 

Thin ribbons of Parmigiano-Reggiano carry the mushrooms' meaty robustness through each bite of greens, with the roasted pear bits adding a subtle sweetness to the salad.  Divine!

You can roast or broil the mushrooms, but I guarantee you will adore them on the grill.
Use a potato peeler to shave off curls of cheese over the salad at the end.

Serves 4


portobello mushrooms
6 cups arugula, trimmed
1 roasted pear, cut in small pieces
1 TB butter
2 oz Parmigiano-Reggiano or Asiago cheese, shaved
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper


Dressing: In bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, rosemary, salt and pepper; set aside.

Slice the pear in half.  Place in an oven proof  dish, cut side up  and top with 1 tb. butter.  Place in a 375 degree oven and roast until golden, about 30 minutes.  Let cool and cut in small pieces.

Scrape gills from mushrooms; cut off stem just below cap. Wipe tops with damp towel; cut in thin slices. Brush with half of the dressing. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until tender, about 10 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours. Pour off any juices.) Alternatively, place under the broiler for about 5 minutes.

In large bowl, combine arugula and roasted pear. Toss with remaining dressing; mound on each plate. Top each serving with sliced mushrooms and shavings of Parmesan cheese.

Grind some fresh pepper at the table

Recipe and Photos Lindaraxa


  1. Portabello mushrooms & pears go together so well. I've had a similar salad and felt the same way you did. A real winner!

    1. We've had it twice this week and glad we did as the weather has turned bitter cold and the cover is back on the grill!

  2. I love salads like that... simple and good. Grilled portobellos are divine!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy your blog, particularly that dinner on horseback you did a few months ago!

  3. I'm SO trying this. It looks divine!


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