Pear & Gorgonzola Salad
photo by DianaEatingRichly
- Ready In:
- 1 cup walnut halves, toasted
- 4 -6 cups torn salad greens, , trimmed washed & dried
- 1⁄2 cup vinaigrette
- 2 pears, peeled,cored & sliced
- 1⁄4 lb gorgonzola (You may substitute with Blue or roquefort cheese)
- 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 3⁄4 cup virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons shallots, finely minced
- 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.
- 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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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!!
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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