Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 0 mins

Great looking salad with lots of zip

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted
  • 4 -6 cups torn salad greens, , trimmed washed & dried
  • 12 cup vinaigrette
  • 2 pears, peeled,cored & sliced
  • 14 lb gorgonzola (You may substitute with Blue or roquefort cheese)
  • Vinaigrette

  • 14 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 34 cup virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons shallots, finely minced
  • pepper


  1. To make Vinaigrette------------------.
  2. Mix vinegar, salt, mustard in a blender or food processor.
  3. Very slowly pour in the oil while processor is on.
  4. Process until an emulsion forms.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  6. Add shallots& pepper.
  7. Best to make it fresh but may be stored for a few days in the fridge.
  8. ---Salad-----------------------.
  9. Toss greens with most of the vinaigrette.
  10. Divide among 4 plates.
  11. Decorate with pear slices and crumbled cheese.
  12. Coarsely chop the walnuts and put on top of salad.
  13. Drizzle the last of the vinaigrette over top.
Most Helpful

4 5

This is a very good and attractive salad. I used pecan halves as I did not have walnuts. I also used spinach, romain and endive for my assorted greens - it turned out wonderful! I recommend using this salad as a lunch item or first course meal - if you "blend" it with other flavors in a meal it may take away from the taste of this. Next time I may try some cut up brie cheese for a different taste. Really great salad - worth trying!!

5 5

This is an excellent salad. I added some dried cranberries and topped with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Try CANDIED walnuts for little variety, too!

4 5

Very easy and flavorful. We like with less dressing, so I used 1/4 cup for 6 cups of salad green to be tossed with. The extra vinaigrette can be stored in frige for a while for more of this salad. A couple of our guest did not care for gargonzola, so that was left on the side for self-serve. Everyone liked how nicely the pear & walnut (& cheese) fit together.

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