[WATCH] Grilled fruit salad with speck and orange dressing

Watch Sean Gravina make a tasty January salad with grilled fruit, speck and an orange dressing. Keep it light after the Christmas indulgence. 

Watch Sean Gravina make a January salad with grilled pears, prickly pears, speck and aged cheddar

Grilled fruit salad with speck and orange dressing


  • 5 ripe pears (or anything that is in season)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Mixed salad leaves (lettuce, cress etc)
  • 100g speck, very thinly sliced
  • 100g aged cheddar


  • 1 orange, juice only
  • 1 tbsp good quality balsamic
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  1. Cut the pears into quarters and remove the cores.
  2. Peel and cut the prickly pears into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Add olive oil and some salt and pepper. Toss well to coat them.
  4. Place a ridged griddle pan over a high heat and leave for a few minutes so it heats well.
  5. Place the fruit wedges on the pan and grill for a minute on each side. You want to get nice charcoal lines on all sides. Remove the peaches from the pan and leave to cool.
  6. Put the orange juice in a saucepan and allow to reduce until the juice is concentrated.
  7. To make the dressing, whisk the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and around 3 tbsp of the concentrated orange juice and season.
  8. Slowly add the olive oil while whisking until the dressing thickens slightly.
  9. When ready to serve, dress the salad leaves and toss.
  10. Place the leaves on the plate and top with grilled fruit, speck and aged cheddar.
  11. Spoon over a little more of the dressing and serve immediately.

This recipe first appeared on Gourmet Today TV, aired on TVM on 9 January, 2015.

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