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Pear Salad with Walnuts and Gorgonzola

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (5 Reviews)

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Mixed green salad with pears, walnuts and gorgonzola
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Since the ingredients in this pear salad are so delicious, we don't want a heavy dressing masking the flavors, so a simple lemon and rice vinegar dressing works best. This pear salad can also be served without the cheese on top, and would still be a delicious and light first course.

Almost any lettuce will work for this pear salad. Depending on your tastes you could use anything from a spicy arugula or watercress, to a mild butter lettuce. The same goes for the pears; Bosc, Bartlett, Anjou, or Comice would all be great choices.

Makes 4 Pear Salads

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 handfuls salad greens, washed and dried
  • 2 pears, washed, cored and sliced into eighths
  • 1 cup roasted walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
  • 2 oz Gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Divide lettuce onto 4 chilled plates and top with sliced pears and currants. Crumble the cheese evenly over the 4 salads, and top with walnut halves.

  2. In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, rice vinegar, and olive oil. Whisk together and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Drizzle half over the salads and serve the rest on the side.
User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Pear Salad, Member PithyPaula

I made mine with a combination of spinach and butter lettuce, since I had it on hand and a crunchy apple pear. Also used blue cheese crumbles since I didn't have gorgonzola and dried cranberries. The dressing was light and flavorful!

4 out of 6 people found this helpful.

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