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Get your Christmas feast started right with this simple, flavoursome veggie starter ready in just 25 minutes. Sweet and mellow pears pair with tangy goat's cheese, crisp watercress and a cranberry vinaigrette for a comforting festive bite. See method
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Put the onion in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water; set aside for 5 mins, then drain.
Meanwhile, put the lemon juice in a mixing bowl and half-fill with cold water. Core the pears, slice each into 6 wedges, then transfer to the lemon-water.
Put all the vinaigrette ingredients in a jug and use a hand blender to blitz smooth; season to taste. Add 1-2 tsp water as needed to loosen.
Toss together the salad leaves, onion, half the rosemary and 2 tbsp cranberry vinaigrette. Transfer to a serving platter, top with the pears, then crumble over the goat’s cheese and scatter with the almonds and remaining rosemary. Drizzle with the remaining dressing to serve.
Tip: Thyme or parsley will work just as well as rosemary; you can also swap the flaked almonds for pecans, or toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
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