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Pear Blue Cheese Salad

 Pear Blue Cheese Salad
Tina Green of Albany, Oregon dishes up this refreshing salad as a main course on hot days or to serve with grilled meat. "It only takes a few minutes to prepare while the grill is warming," she notes. "I first tried it at a restaurant and adopted it to our taste."
2 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups torn Bibb or Boston lettuce
  • 1/2 cup cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 slice sweet onion, separated into rings
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seed salad dressing

Directions

  • In a small heavy skillet, melt sugar over low heat. Add walnuts and
  • stir to coat. Remove from the heat.
  • Divide lettuce between two serving plates; top with the cheddar
  • cheese, pear and onion. Sprinkle with blue cheese and sugared
  • walnuts. Drizzle with dressing. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup (prepared with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and fat-free salad dressing) equals 312 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 682 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein.