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Pear Salad With Pear Walnut Vinaigrette

Enjoy this fresh salad featuring ripe pear slices, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, and creamy Roquefort cheese, all tossed in a delightful pear walnut vinaigrette. Easily adaptable with spinach, arugula, or your greens of choice.
pear salad
  • Makes 4 servings
  • Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Cook Time 0 minutes

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 12 ounces chopped, drained, light syrup, jarred pears, liquid reserved
  • 1/3 cup reserved pear syrup
  • 1 tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup pear balsamic vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. toasted walnut oil
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried chives

Salad

  • 6 cups baby lettuce
  • 1 ripe pear (bosc), cored and sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Pear Walnut Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup Roquefort cheese

Directions

Prepare the dressing:
STEP 1
Place the pears, pear syrup, mustard and vinegar in blender and purée until smooth.
STEP 2
Drizzle in the olive oil and walnut oils. Add the salt and chive and pulse to combine.
Prepare the salad:
STEP 1
Place baby lettuce, pear slices, walnut pieces, cranberries and pear vinaigrette in a large mixing bowl and toss gently to moisten lettuce.
STEP 2
Divide salad equally on four salad plates. Garnish each salad with 1 tablespoon crumbled Roquefort cheese.

 

Walnuts are crunchy, earthy treats that boost brainpower and help keep your heart healthy. See “Walnuts: Recipes, Techniques, and More,” for additional tips, tricks, and recipes.

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Cary Neff

Cary Neff is the vice president of corporate culinary services and Morrison Healthcare and the author of the New York Times bestseller Conscious Cuisine.

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