Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

A fantastic salad recipe: Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

VINAIGRETTE:

  • 1/2 cup canned whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1 orange)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced and peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

SALAD:

  • 8 cups mixed greens)
  • 2 cups sliced peeled pear or apple (about 2)
  • 1/3 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions:

  1. Prepare the vinaigrette: place the first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk.
  2. Prepare the salad: Place greens in a large bowl. Add pear/apple, cheese and walnuts. Spoon desired amount of dressing over the top and toss.

Tips:

  • If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, be sure to use a brand of cranberry sauce that is known to be GF, and substitute feta cheese for blue cheese.
  • Prepare the vinaigrette up to one week ahead. Keep covered and refrigerated.
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com