2 cups fresh pear juice (about 4 pears)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup canola oil
Water, as necessary
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil, for toasting nuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
4 endives, trimmed
2 cups red grapes, halved
2 pears, cored and julienned
1/2 cup/100 g Mimolette cheese*, cut into brunoise (1/8 by 1/8 by 1/8-inch cubes)
For the pear vinaigrette: Heat the pear juice on stovetop over medium heat to reduce to 1/4 of its original amount, for 40 minutes, until caramelized. Set aside and let cool.
In a bowl, mix the reduced pear juice, cider vinegar, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard. Slowly add the canola oil whisking constantly. Season the vinaigrette with salt, and pepper, to taste. Add a little more pear juice or water if the vinaigrette is too thick. Set aside.
For the salad:
In a pan, add the olive oil and toast the pine nuts on medium-high heat. Keep an eye on them because they tend to burn fast.
Place the endives and grapes in a bowl, add the vinaigrette and mix well. Transfer the salad mixture in the serving bowls and garnish with pears, pine nuts and cheese.
*Old Cheddar or Gouda can be substituted for the Mimolette.