Sunday, June 1, 2014

Pear, Nut and Blue Cheese Salad with Balsamic Glaze

This is a fantastic salad! Great for summer BBQs and get-togethers. I took it to a potluck, and it was a real hit! This goes along great with many other dishes--also by itself. It's loaded with nuts, got a balsamic glaze drizzle to start, and add on the blue cheese dressing right before serving.


-Mixed greens
-1 pear, sliced
-6 oz. gorgonzola or feta cheese (if you don't want it strong go with the feta)
-1/2 cup of pecans or walnuts
-1 red onion, sliced thinly

-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Blue cheese dressing (homemade or otherwise...)
-1 cup mayonnaise
-3/4 - 1 cup buttermilk (2 tbsp lemon juice, fill then rest of the way with milk, stir)
-1/2 teaspoon pepper
-1 teaspoon onion powder
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
-1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 dash cayenne pepper
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-2 teaspoons sugar
--6 ounces crumbled blue cheese

Heat the balsamic vinegar in a saucepan. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes, until thickened and reduced. Set aside to cool.

Combine ingredients for bleu cheese dressing.

Scatter the ingredients over the mixed greens. Drizzle the cooled balsamic overtop. When ready to serve, drizzle over the bleu cheese dressing. Toss.

Simple enough, right?

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