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Spring Greens with Pears, Sugared Walnuts & Gorgonzola

Course: Salads
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Jennifer Locklin

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Spring salad greens
  • 2 red pears cored & thinly sliced
  • 8 oz. Gorgonzola cheese coarsely crumbled
  • Sugared Walnuts:
  • 1 c. walnut halves
  • 2 T. white sugar
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Salad:  Combine Spring greens and pears in a large salad bowl. Top with cooled sugared walnuts.
  • Right before serving, toss salad with desired amount of dressing.  Add Gorgonzola crumbles at the very last, tossing lightly to incorporate into the salad.
  • Sugared Walnuts:  In a small pan, saute walnuts and sugar over medium heat until almonds are caramelized, stirring often (they will be light brown and coated with melted sugar), approximately 4-6 minutes. Spread the walnuts on foil or wax paper. After they cool, break apart.
  • For the dressing:  Combine ingredients in a jar or container with a lid and shake well. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.