Poached Pears with Wine Vinaigrette


Poached pears served with a red wine vinaigrette.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins
4 poached pears


  • 6 medium Bosc pears, peeled with stems intact

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • ½ vanilla bean, halved lengthwise

  • 2 whole star anise pods

  • 1 small cinnamon stick

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 1 orange, zested

  • ¼ cup walnut oil

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Trim flat the bottoms of pears, and stand them upright in the bottom of a large stock pot. Pour the wine and water into the pot, and turn the flame to high heat. Sprinkle with sugar, and add vanilla bean, star anise, cinnamon stick, and lemon and orange peels. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium low, and simmer 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pot from stove, and let cool completely. Reserve 1/4 cup poaching liquid. Transfer pears to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

  2. Place 2 poached pears in a blender or food processor, and puree. Remove to a large bowl. Whisk in walnut oil, red wine vinegar, and reserved poaching liquid. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover, and refrigerate.

  3. Place pears in individual bowls, and top with sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

357 Calories
14g Fat
51g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 357
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 9g 30%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 374mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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