Poached Pear Salad With Blue Cheese and Champagne Vinaigrette

Total Time
45mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is a nice salad dish for the holiday season or special dinner. Much of this can be made ahead...a real time-saver! They suggest saving the poaching liquid for a spiced-wine spritzer or served warm as mulled wine. I tried the wine spritzer and it was very refreshing. From Bon Appetit December, 2009.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. PEARS:.
  2. Bring first 5 ingredients to boil in large wide saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add pear halves, cut side down. Return syrup to boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered until pears are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
  6. Drain pears.
  7. Leaving top 1 inch intact (at narrow end), cut each pear half lengthwise into thin slices.
  8. Gently press on pear halves to fan slightly.
  9. VINAIGRETTE AND SALAD:.
  10. Whisk shallot, vinegar, and mustard in small bowl to blend.
  11. Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup oil.
  12. Season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper.
  13. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
  14. Place greens in large bowl. Toss with enough vinaigrette to coat.
  15. Mound greens on plates.
  16. Arrange 1 pear half atop greens on each plate.
  17. Sprinkle with walnuts and cheese.
  18. Drizzle with more vinaigrette, if desired, and serve.
Most Helpful

5 5

easy, beautiful and amazing. every time i serve this salad, I get rave reviews. It is the best combination of flavors, and is a great salad for a dinner party