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Warm Pear Salad

 Warm Pear Salad
Pear slices tossed with salad greens, red onion and blue cheese are drizzled with tangy raspberry vinaigrette in this refreshing salad. After enjoying a similar dish at a restaurant, I came home and worked up my own version. My family declared it a winner. -Marjorie Zalewski, Toledo, Ohio
8-10 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 large ripe pears, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 6 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 6 slices red onion, separated into rings
  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • RASPBERRY VINAIGRETTE:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste

Directions

  • In a nonstick skillet, saute pear slices for 2-3 minutes on each side
  • or until tender. On salad plates, arrange the greens, pears, onion,
  • blue cheese and sunflower kernels.
  • In a blender, combine the vinaigrette ingredients; cover and process
  • until smooth. Drizzle over salads. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 243 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 206 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 28 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein.