Pear, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad

Mon, Apr 16, 2012

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Pear Blue Cheese Walnut Salad

This trendy salad is easy to make at home and can turn a normal meal into something a little bit more gourmet.  Even if you’re not a blue cheese fan the combo of apples and/or pears and nuts is refreshing and can be paired with many other cheeses.  I like to use my basic balsamic vinaigrette but you can use the dressing of your choice.

Pear, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad
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Serves: 4
  • Spinach
  • Apple or pear slices
  • Blue cheese crumbles
Candied Walnuts
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 6 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • The squeeze of a lemon, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp powdered Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
Candied Walnuts
  1. Mix the nuts, butter and maple syrup in a small skillet.
  2. Cook the nuts over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the liquid has boiled away and the nuts are beginning to caramelize.
  3. Let the candied nuts cool so that the glaze hardens.
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  1. Mix all of the ingredients except for the olive oil and the Parmesan cheese.
  2. Gradually add the the Parmesan cheese and then the oil as you whisk the vinaigrette to help make a smooth dressing.
  1. Layer or toss spinach {or mixed greens}, apple and pear slices, blue cheese crumbles and candied walnuts.
  2. Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over the top.

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