Although pears are sweet, they are wonderful in savory dishes. In fact, it’s because they’re sweet that they work so well. Pears are versatile and can be used in many different ways. And thanks to the different pear varieties on offer, you’ll never run out of new and delicious combinations.

Pears add flavor, interest, and a touch of sweetness to soups. They steal the show in a refreshing pear cucumber gazpacho (pictured above) and deliver some needed acidity in our Moroccan-inspired butternut squash and pear soup with spiced chickpeas.

We also like to use pears in unexpected ways to create crowd-pleasing savory dishes that are easy to share. Our pear and ricotta sheet tart (pictured above) and pear gorgonzola flatbread are sure to light up your next party.

A more classic savory use for pears is in salads. The fruit’s crisp and juicy nature makes it easy to use in raw concoctions. Far from being boring, salads can be made from an infinite number of ingredients and can draw on different flavor profiles for inspiration. Our Asian-inspired spiralized pear salad (pictured above) is an original and energizing recipe. We also love this pear, fig and feta salad and this delicate apple pear fennel salad.

Quinoa Stuffed Pears

To add some heartiness to savory pear dishes, look no further than grains. These protein-packed roasted quinoa-stuffed pears (pictured above) are delicious, as is this pear ginger black rice salad. 

Grilled Cheese With Pears

Lastly, when in doubt, combine pears with cheese. This pairing is a match made in heaven that offers so many possibilities in the kitchen. Our original grilled cheese sandwich with pears, cheese and jam (pictured above) is a notch above the old classic. Another comforting pear/cheese dish is our pear and fontina quesadilla with caramelized onions. Looking for nibbles to accompany drinks? Try our pear and blue cheese radicchio cups and honey and thyme roasted pear crostini.

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