Bartlett Pear and Blue Cheese Salad Recipe
Sweet pears and rich blue cheese turn a bed of greens into an elegant side. Topped with tangy vinaigrette, this tantalizing salad from Cindy Dyrnes of Deptford, New Jersey will win rave reviews from all!
3 medium Bartlett pears, halved and cored
6 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
2-1/4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
6 cups torn leaf lettuce
Place pears, cut side down, in an 11x7-in. baking dish. Brush with 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Add water and remaining lemon juice to pan.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or just until pears are tender. Drain and cool to room temperature.
In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. In another bowl, combine the blue cheese, walnuts and onions.
Just before serving, divide lettuce among six plates; drizzle with dressing. Top each with a pear half and 2 tablespoons blue cheese mixture.
Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Blue Cheese Pear Salad in Light & Tasty
August/September 2007, p53
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