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Gorgonzola Pear Tossed Salad

Tired of tossed salads? Here's an irresistible variation featuring pears that makes an attractive and tasty first course. The cheese and pecans are nice additions. You'll appreciate how easy it is. —Melinda Singer, Malibu, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 medium pears, quartered and cored
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cups spring mix salad greens
  • 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 1-1/2 cups balsamic vinaigrette

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Place pears in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes, basting occasionally with cooking juices.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine greens, tomatoes, cheese and pecans. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Divide among 12 serving plates; top each with two pear pieces.
Gorgonzola Apple Salad: Substitute tart apples for the pears.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 303 calories, 23g fat (6g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 716mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 6g fiber), 6g protein.

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