Purim is over and the Passover preparations begin. Here are some recipes to whet your appetite and get you in the spirit. Mixed Salad with Vanilla Pear Vinaigrette½ cup red onion, sliced6 cups mixed lettuce¼ cup honey glazed nuts1 (15 ounce) can pear halves in juice, undrained1/3 cup white wine vinegar1 tablespoon honey¾ teaspoon kosher salt¼ black pepper¼ teaspoon vanilla extract In food processor with metal blade or in a blender combine pears in their juice, white wine vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and vanilla extract. Process until smooth.Combine salad, red onions, nuts and toss with dressing. Serve.Chicken Schnitzel with Tomato Basil SalsaThis is also a good option for a Passover lunch. It’s still meat but it’s not hot – which, depending on the weather, makes a difference.2 to 4 tablespoons oil8 to 10 thin chicken cutlets (skinless, boneless breasts pounded to about 1/8-inch thick) Matzah mealHeat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Dredge chicken in matzah meal to coat both sides. When oil is hot, add chicken and cook – a few minutes per side. Turn heat down if it starts to get too brown. Serve at room temperature with tomato-basil salsa.Tomato-Basil Salsa4 ripe tomatoes1 bunch basil, chopped2 tablespoons chopped garlic2 teaspoons kosher salt¼ cup olive oilCombine all ingredients and serve at room temperature.Truffle BarsA bit of a “potchke” but worth it!12 eggs, separated2½ cups sugar, divided1 pound ground almonds½ pound bittersweet chocolate2 tablespoons vanilla1 cup (2 sticks) margarine2 teaspoons coffee dissolved in 2 tablespoons boiling water Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat egg whites until stiff. Slowly add 1-1/2 cups of the sugar. Gently fold in the ground almonds. Pour into 9 x 13-inch pan and bake for ½ hour. In the meantime, melt chocolate and cool slightly. Beat together egg yolks, vanilla, sugar, margarine and coffee. Beat in the chocolate. Pour over the baked layer and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and freeze. Thaw 10 minutes before serving.For a great selection of Passover recipes, visit our website, ww.gourmetpassovercooking.com.