Pear Salad with Blue Cheese

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients:

Red Wine Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. (1 small) shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp. prepared mustard
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salad:

  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 ounces baby greens, washed and dried
  • 2 Asian or Bosc pears
  • 1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • Raspberries, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Chill four serving plates.

For the vinaigrette: In a small jar, combine the vinegar, shallot, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper. Add the olive oil, and shake to incorporate. Shake again before serving.

For the salad: In a hot sauté 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 four chilled plates. Cut the pears into quarters and core. Thinly slice the pears and evenly distribute over the lettuce (about 1/2 pear per portion). Top the lettuce evenly with the cheese and the walnuts.

Garnish each salad with raspberries, if desired. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the entire salad.

Photo & recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc. .