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Pear Salad with Blue Cheese recipe

Pear Salad with Blue Cheese.

This lovely autumnal salad, with its sweetjuicy pears, crunchy toasted walnuts and crumbles of creamy,salty blue cheese, drizzled with a red wine vinaigrette, offersa wonderful marriage of contrasting flavors and texture.

Recipe: Pear Salad with BlueCheese

Red Wine Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon (1 small) shallot, minced
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oilSalad:
1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 ounces baby greens, washed and dried
2 Asian or Bosc pears
1 cup ( 6 ounces) Wisconsin Blue (or Gorgonzola) cheese, crumbled
Raspberries, for garnish (optional)

  • Chill four serving plates.
  • For Vinaigrette: In a small jar, combinethe vinegar, shallot, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper. Add theolive oil, and shake to incorporate. Shake again before serving.
  • For Salad: In a hot saut pan,toss the olive oil and walnuts quickly to toast (about one minute).Remove from pan and cool on paper towel.
  • Divide the lettuce equally onto the fourchilled plates. Cut the pears into quarters and core. Thinlyslice the pears and evenly distribute over the lettuce (about1/2 pear per portion). Top the lettuce evenly with the cheeseand the walnuts.
  • Garnish each salad with raspberries, ifdesired. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the entire salad.

    Makes 4 servings.

    Recipe and photograph courtesy of WisconsinMilk Marketing Board, Inc.

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    This salad is a tried and true crowd pleaser. A basic romaine salad is dressed up with toasted pecans, cranberries, and crumbled blue cheese and tossed with balsamic vinaigrette to serve. Make this an easy meal by adding grilled chicken and serving with a crusty baguette.

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