Awesome Maple-Balsamic Blue Cheese Pear Salad

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Serves: 5-6
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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
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
1 Tbsp butter (not oleo)
1 c pecan or walnut halves
1/4 c white sugar
1 pinch optional: cayenne pepper or smoked paprika

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Sher Bird Recipe
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Member Since Aug 2011
Sher's notes for this recipe:
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.
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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.
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.
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.


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user Pat Duran kitchenchatter - Sep 5, 2011
This sounds like a super duper recipe I like the balsamic vinegar addition; oh and the wine -can't forget the wine I think I will add a little of Thanks for the share-Sher.
user elizabeth duckworth thekitchenruler - Sep 5, 2011
This is a wonderful salad and one of my husbands favorites. I make it with dried cranberries and sometimes when I can get pomagranites I sprinkle the seeds on in lieu of the cranberries. I have not tried the maple syrup yet but I will. I usually make a light vinegarette
witha pom vinegar and drizzle a scant amount on the salad. There are so many good tastes in this salad!
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