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    Pear, Blue Cheese, Walnut and Bacon Salad

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    23 mins

    20 mins

    3 mins

    gailanng's Note:

    A fresh change of taste. The amount of servings depends on the additions and naturally, whether it's served as a side or main meal.

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

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    For the vinaigrette

    For the walnuts

    For the salad

    • 1/2 lb arugula, mesclun, romaine, mache, spinach (whatever may be your preference)
    • 3 firm bartlett pears, washed, cored and sliced into very thin wedges (skin remaining)
    • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (gorgonzola, Stilton, etc.)
    • 2 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and well drained
    • 1/2-1 lb cooked sliced chicken (optional)

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients until well blended; set aside.
    2. 2
      In a small frying pan set on a medium heat, melt the butter, stir in the maple syrup or honey and then stir in the walnuts. Continue to heat the walnuts, stirring continuously, for approximately 2-3 minutes or until they are fragrant, caramelized and lightly browned. Remove from the heat; set aside.
    3. 3
      Place the greens in a large salad bowl or, if individual servings are preferred, distribute them equally among 6 salad plates. Sprinkle over the pears, blue cheese and walnuts. Place over chicken then drizzle with dressing and toss.
    4. 4
      Note: I find having the chicken warmed is superior to cold chicken.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 29, 2012

      55

      I made a vegetarian version of this salad, obviously by leaving out the bacon and chicken...and it was fantastic! I really really loved it, from the delicately candied walnuts to the creamy blue cheese - mmmm, I wish there was some left over. This would be a fabulous salad to serve on a special occassion - but certainly not that time intensive that you couldn't make it any old time. If I were to change anything, I might just double up on the ingredients to 'candy' the walnuts - they were so darn good I would like a bit more of that flavour in the finished product. Be careful with your pears, sliced thinly they are super delicate. Thanks GailAnn!

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    • on March 26, 2012

      55

      Pears and blue cheese are a match made in heaven and when you add this delicious dressing along with bacon and the walnuts, it definitely makes the salad out of this world good! I did not add the chicken as I served this dish as a side salad, but I'll be willing to bet that with the addition of the chicken, it would make a great light lunch or dinner. Made for New Kids On the Block, March, 2012.

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    • on October 01, 2012

      55

      Tasty. I only had head lettuce in the house, arugula would have been better. Having no walnuts, I used pecans. Blue cheese, pear and nuts is a clasic profile. Taste wise the bacon in unecessary in this recipe, in my opnion. I chose not to add chicken.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pear, Blue Cheese, Walnut and Bacon Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (218 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 354.6
     
    Calories from Fat 261
    73%
    Total Fat 29.0 g
    44%
    Saturated Fat 6.6 g
    33%
    Cholesterol 16.8 mg
    5%
    Sodium 312.9 mg
    13%
    Total Carbohydrate 19.3 g
    6%
    Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
    18%
    Sugars 10.9 g
    43%
    Protein 8.7 g
    17%

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