11 Of Our Best Pear Recipes

Enjoy the fruits of the summer harvest with these sweet and savoury recipes.
Chili-chocolate sourced being poured over Tequila-poached pears Produced by Stephanie Han Kim; Photography by Christie Vuong; Food Styling by Matthew Kimura; Prop Styling by Christine Hanlon.

It may be late summer (sigh), but it's also a glorious moment for the best produce of the season: every market stall is brimming with fresh delights. After corn and tomatoes, pears are leading the charge, and we're celebrating with a bounty of recipes. From vanilla-infused poached pears to a top-tier fall cocktail here are 10 ways to savour this perfect fruit.

Pear and Watercress Salad

Loaded with goat cheese, watercress and walnuts, this pear salad pulls both summer and winter duty. Whether you want a light lunch or a dinnertime side dish, this salad won’t disappoint. Get this pear and watercress salad recipe.

A bowl of pear and watercress saladPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Roasted Vanilla Pears

Slowly slip into fall with this simple dessert. Get this roasted vanilla pear recipe.

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Chicken, Pear and Roasted Parsnip Salad

Combine fresh pear with sharp gorgonzola cheese for a plate of sweet and salty goodness. Get this chicken salad recipe. 

Leafy salad with pears, nuts and shredded chicken on a pink plate.(Recipes by Irene Ngo; Produced by Stephanie Han Kim, Sun Ngo and Aimee Nishitoba; nPhotography by Erik Putz and Christie Vuong; Food styling by Ashley Denton; Prop styling by Madeleine Johari)

Tequila-Poached Pears with Chili-Chocolate Sauce

Spoonably soft fruit and a velvety chocolate sauce get spiked with tequila and cayenne. Poach pears ahead of time for a quick dessert or skip the sauce and use a drinking chocolate mix instead, which is thicker than typical hot chocolate. Get this poached pear recipe.

Chili-chocolate sourced being poured over Tequila-poached pearsPhoto, Christie Vuong.

Pear Mulled Wine Sangria

A lighter, spicy alternative to the red-wine classic. Get this mulled sangria recipe.

Mulled wine sangria in a white potPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Bartlett Sour Cocktail

This gorgeous fall cocktail is a seasonal version of a sidecar—a century-old drink made with brandy, orange liqueur and lemon juice—with a few tweaks. In our recipe, we use a pear liqueur in place of orange and omit the added sugar for a more tart flavour. Get this cocktail recipe.

Two bartlett sour cocktails topped with slices of dried pearProduced by Aimee Nishitoba, Photography by Carmen Cheung, Food Styling by Matthew Kimura, Prop Styling by Madeleine Johari.

Grilled Zucchini-Pear Salad

Switch up your salad routine by leaving out the lettuce. Here we’ve put together a balanced salad with ripe pears and grilled zucchini, and sprinkled it with peppery arugula. Get this grilled zucchini-pear salad recipe.

Grilled zucchini-pear saladPhoto, Erik Putz.

Pear and Currant Dessert Empanadas

Sweet, spiced pear filling is rolled into empanada dough and topped with coarse sugar to finish for a great hand-held treat. Get this pear and currant empanadas recipe.

Pear and currant dessert empanadasPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Cheese Fondue

Prepare a colourful platter of bite-sized foods to accompany a pot of rich and creamy fondue. We love using crusty breads, grapes, figs, blanched vegetables and freshly sliced apples and pears. Get this chardonnay cheese fondue recipe.

11 Of Our Best Pear Recipes

Blue Cheese Pizza with Pears and Arugula

The peppery arugula, bold blue cheese and sliced pears are strong, complementary flavours. Serve with a side of creamy mustard sauce. Get this blue cheese pizza with pears and arugula recipe.

11 Of Our Best Pear RecipesPhoto, Christian Lacroix.

Classic Pear Crisp

Ginger and cinnamon add flair and flavour to a crisp that bakes quickly in a pie plate. Get our classic pear crisp recipe here. 

Pear crisp with oats in a black bowl topped with vanilla ice cream on a black table beside a spoon and a pearClassic pear crisp


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