Pacific Northwest Salad

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READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Tarbean

From Cooking Pleasures magazine The blue cheese was too strong for my husband and me. Next time I will use feta. "Sweet, delicious pears do double-duty in this pretty salad. They're diced and sauteed in butter for the salad's base, as well as sliced and served raw atop the mixed greens. For a crispy accompaniment, toast baguette slices and spread them with a creamy blue cheese. Look for an Oregon blue, such as Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue Vein Cheese." To toast hazelnuts, place on baking sheet; bake at 375 4-6 minutes or until slightly darker in color and skins begin to crack. Cool.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In small bowl, whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients. Can be made up to 3 days ahead.
  2. Cut 2 of the pears ito 1/2" pieces. Melt butter in heavy medium skillet over medium heat. Add chopped pears; sprinkle with 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/8 tsp salt. Cook 4-6 minutes or until golden brown and softened. Recipe can be made to this point up to 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
  3. Place cooked pears in center of 8 salad plates. In large bowl, toss salad mix with vinaigrette. Place on top of pears; sprinkle with cheese and nuts. Slice remaining 2 pears; arrange over greeens.

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