Crostini with Feta and Pear-Strawberry Salsa

Comice Pears, Entrees & Appetizers, Green Anjou Pears -

Crostini with Feta and Pear-Strawberry Salsa

Mediterranean and Latin flavors combine in a pear-fect flavor combination. Fresh pears and strawberries are the stars of this slightly spicy salsa, which is combined with mild and salty feta cheese and served atop a crisp toast. This recipe is ideal for spring and summer entertaining, whether for a casual backyard barbecue or an elegant soiree.

Ingredients

2 Comice or Green Anjou Pears, diced in ¼-inch cubes 
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh strawberries
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup mild feta cheese or ricotta salata
Salt to taste
Baguette or French bread cut in ¼-inch thick slices, brushed with olive oil and toasted Whole cilantro leaves for garnish

Directions

Toss diced pear with lime juice and let sit a few minutes before adding strawberries, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro and olive oil. Just prior to serving, crumble feta cheese into salsa. Taste and season with salt if necessary. Spoon salsa onto toasts and arrange on serving platter. Garnish each crostini with a cilantro leaf.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 to 8