"Caramelizing fresh pears by roasting and then pairing them with strong blue cheese is a wonderful way to elevate a salad into something special."
firm bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch pieces
white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon light olive oil or 1 tablespoon
fresh ground black pepper
4 -5 ounces
chopped walnuts, toasted
prosciutto, cut into matchsticks
Preheat the oven to 500°F In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, honey and cinnamon. Add the pears and toss well. Spread the pear mixture on a (foil lined, if desired) baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, tossing them once, halfway through.
In the same bowl, whisk together the sherry, vinegar, oil and black pepper. Add the roasted pears and stir to coat completely with the vinaigrette.
The salad can be prepared while the pears are still warm or after they're cooled to room temperature. To assemble, on a servng plate place a bed of the lettuce and top with the pears. Sprinkle with the walnuts, Gorgonzola and prosciutto, drizzle with any of the remaining vinaigrette and serve.