We received some scrumptious pears from Harry & David as a Christmas present from some special relatives. It was tempting to just dive in and eat the pears as snacks, but we had enough resolve to save two of those mammoth pears to make this salad recipe that came along with the gift. It was definitely worth the wait!
We substituted Gorgonzola for the blue cheese, and we choose toasted walnuts over candied nuts.
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup walnut oil
1 head butter or other lettuce, washed and dried
2 large pears, peeled, cored and sliced
2/3 cup blue cheese
2/3 cup candied nuts or toasted walnuts
To create dressing, whisk together the first five ingredients. Gradually whisk in the walnut oil. Gently tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Arrange on four chilled plates. Place fans of pear slices on lettuce. Crumble blue cheese evenly on top. Drizzle dressing generously over the salad. Sprinkle with nuts and serve at once.