Pear & Gorgonzola Salad

"Great looking salad with lots of zip"
 
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Ready In:
25mins
Ingredients:
11
Serves:
4
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ingredients

  • 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
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directions

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

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Reviews

  1. Graybert
    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!!
     
  2. Micks Kitchen
    This is an excellent salad. I added some dried cranberries and topped with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Try CANDIED walnuts for little variety, too!
     
  3. Meyer Lemon
    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.
     
  4. WestCoastDIY
    Same as Graybert, I had pecan halves. Took this salad to a dinner at a friend's house (they have very sophisticated pallets) and it was a hit. About the easiest salad there is, too.
     
  5. DianaEatingRichly
    SO pretty and really good!
     
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Tweaks

  1. WestCoastDIY
    Pecan halves instead of walnuts. That's what we had.
     
  2. rnapolitano
    This is very good. I used it first as a Thanksgiving side dish and have taken it to many pot lucks since and it always disappears. Variations I've tried include granny smith apples instead of pears, using pecans instead of walnuts, and a "mediterranean" version that uses feta and pine nuts.
     

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