I recently needed a "salad-ish" dish to take to a Christmas Eve dinner, and came up with this. Wintertime does not make me hungry for a cold salad, but this one is a nice compromise - and it doesn't involve one leaf vegetable! You can make the balsamic reduction in advance - it keeps nicely in the fridge for a few weeks in a closed container. The amounts of the ingredients are flexible as are the ingredients themselves. Choose your favorite apple and pear, and leaving the skin on them adds color and texture. The salad keeps well for a day or two in the fridge as well, but the fruits, cucumber and celery wilt a bit.