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

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!!

Graybert March 10, 2002

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

Mick's Kitchen February 17, 2008

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.

Meyer Lemon December 01, 2003

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