Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Quesadillas with Pear Salsa

I had some leftover pears I wanted to use after making the Warm Pear Ginger Upside-Down Cake, and came across this recipe on I normally don't care much for quesadillas, but the pear salsa intrigued me. At the same time, I wasn't sure if I would like it, especially since I wasn't sure what a pear salsa would taste like. There were a few good reviews on the website, though, so I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did! This meal comes together so quickly, and it is so good!

I did not have any mint on hand so I substituted cilantro, but I'm anxious to try this recipe again with the mint. Along with the Pineapple Black Bean Enchiladas, this is the second Mexican dish I have made recently that includes fruit! :)

Jack Quesadillas with Pear Salsa
from Cooking Light

Pear salsa:
4 cups chopped peeled Anjou pear (2 pounds)
1/3 cup chopped red onion (I used y
2 tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried mint (I didn't have any, so I used cilantro instead)
1 tablespoon grated lime rind
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 jalapeƱo pepper, seeded and chopped (I didn't have one, so I used some Sambal Oelek chili paste instead)

8 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese (I used Cheddar Jack)
1/2 cup chopped green onions

To prepare salsa, combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl; cover and chill.

To prepare the quesadillas, place 1 tortilla in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, and top with 1/2 cup cheese. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons onions; top with a tortilla. Cook 3 minutes, pressing down with a spatula until cheese melts. Turn carefully, and cook until thoroughly heated (about 1 minute). Repeat procedure with the remaining tortillas, cheese, and green onions. Cut each quesadilla into sixths; serve with pear salsa.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 4 quesadilla wedges and 1/2 cup salsa)


  1. Wow that looks magnificent! Definitely something I need to try.

  2. WOW! How creative! I'm impressed. That sounds so good.

  3. These look heavenly! Will try!

    (BTW, did you take the pictures, they look awesome!)

  4. Ms. LMF - thanks! yes, all the photos in my blog, unless otherwise noted, were taken by me :)