Sher Bird Recipe

Awesome Maple-Balsamic Blue Cheese Pear Salad

By Sher Bird Litehouse9


This is an AWESOME, fabulous salad! The dressing is made with real Maple syrup, and the salad is dressed with candied Pecans, blue cheese, pear slices and some dried Cranberries.
The ingredients might sound strange for a salad, but they work wonderfully together--It is SOOO good! I hope you like it as much as my family. Especially great in the Fall and for the Fall-winter holidays.


Recipe Rating:
 2 Ratings
Serves:
5-6
Prep Time:
Cook Time:

Ingredients

DRESSING:
1/2 c
olive oil
2 Tbsp
white balsamic vinegar (or white wine, or red wine vinegar)
3 Tbsp
real maple syrup (*use the
1 tsp
dijon mustard
1/4 tsp
ground black pepper + pinch of salt
SALAD:
5 c
mixed salad greens (of your choice)
1 pkg
baby spinach
2
red pears, cored and thinly sliced
1/2
red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 c
crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola
1 c
candied walnuts (*recipe below)
1/4 c
dried cranberries
1 or 2 pinch
salt
CANDIED PECANS (*OR USE WALNUTS)
1 Tbsp
butter (not oleo)
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1 c
pecan or walnut halves
1/4 c
white sugar
1 pinch
optional: cayenne pepper or smoked paprika
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Directions Step-By-Step

1
TO MAKE CANDIED NUTS: Melt butter in medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add nuts and sugar. Stir constantly until sugar melts and coats nuts. If desired, add pinch of cayenne or smoked paprika. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2
Place salad greens and spinach, red onion slices, and pear slices into a salad serving bowl. Spread crumbled blue cheese all over, then candied nuts and dried cranberries.
3
Whisk together all the dressing ingredients until well blended. Pour 2/3 of the dressing over salad in the serving bowl. Toss well to coat salad evenlly. Taste, then if needed-- add some of remaining dressing.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Lettuce Salads
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy