Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pear and Gorgonzola Salad

I can't get enough of good salads. It's very rare that I ever just
eat a plain salad. I need it to be kicked up a few notches. Your
really going to like this. The dressing is what makes it extra
yummy. I could bottle it up and drink it.

Pear and Gorgonzola Salad

1 tablespoon of butter
2 Anjou pears, cored and cut into slices
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
6 ounces of arugula
1 head of romaine
domestic blue cheese
1/2 cup sugared almonds
1 red onion, thinly sliced

Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add pear slices
and cook until the pears are golden but still slightly firm to the
touch about 6 minutes. Set aside. Combine the mustard, lemon
juice and maple syrup in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil.
Season with salt and pepper. Toss the arugula, romaine. blue
cheese, pecans, onion and pears together with the dressing in a
large bowl. Serve immediately.

40 comments:

  1. Yum! My favorite ingredients - pears, almonds, & Gorgonzola.

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  2. SO delish -- off to the grocery for some pears and gorgonzola!

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  3. Maple syrup--yum! I love that your recipes always have a twist I wasn't expecting..another must try:)
    That root beer pork was divine by the way!

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  4. Oh my goodness....this is my kind of salad! The only bad part is that I am now craving this salad and it's only 8:39 in the morning...lol!

    Yup, I am also going to head off to the store to get these ingredients! Thanks! XO ~Liz

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  5. This will be on my grocery list!! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. THIS is my favorite salad. YUM!

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  7. MUST try this. It looks and sounds amazing!!

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  8. yum yum yum yum. this looks incredible!!!!

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  9. mmm - i'm recently totally obsessed with pears. this sounds like my kind of salad!

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  10. This is my absolute favorite combo for a salad! I need to give your dressing a shot! Yummy!

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  11. Oh yummy, yum, yum! This looks so good Val! I'm like you I love all kinds of goodies in my salads. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

    Heather

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  12. Yummy! Pear and Gorg salads are my favorite. If you're in Santa Barbara, my favorite salad is the Walnut Gorgonzola at Fresco.

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  13. i love this salad, your version sounds great!

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  14. Good morning Val - I love your blog too, especially all the beautifully photographed recipes you share with your readers. Have a great SoCal day!
    -marie

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  15. Yum! Sounds wonderful! I would have never thought to use maple syrup in a salad dressing. It's almost maple sugaring weather, so I'll be taking the kids out to the nature center for the annual trek in the woods to watch it done, and of course come home with a bottle of the good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. P&G salad is my favorite. I always have my SIL make it for gatherings. She uses a champagne dressing but I will have to try this. Just looking at it makes me want to have lunch right now.

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  17. mmm love yummy salads like this!

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  18. I love salads that have lots of ingredients. This salad looks so fresh and delicious!

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  19. Im all over this recipe, thank you!!

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  20. OH OH OH I am so stinking excited to make this I have been looking for a recipe like this but couldn't for a good one. yipeeeeeeeeeee I could kiss you

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  21. Yum! I'm not much for blue cheese, but switch that to goat or feta and I'm in! Fruit really adds something special to a salad

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  22. A magnificent combo! So refined tasting. Yummy!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  23. This sounds soo good! Well, except the pear part. I don't like pears but I think it would be good without them too.

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  24. pear and gorgonzola is one of my favorite combos ever, delish!

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  25. The dressing DOES sound wonderful!!

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  26. We had something very similar to this this weekend and it was so good! This is wonderful!!

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  27. looks so fresh and yummy--perfect for a spring afternoon:)

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  28. I can't get enough pears, gorgonzola, and sugared nuts these days. I really should start making my own dressing, so thank you for sharing!

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  29. this looks SOOOO yummy! happy wednesday pretty lady!

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  30. This is right up my alley! Hmm...you love coffee...Target...salad dressing...are you my kindred spirit? = )

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  31. love love LOVE this combination!

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  32. I so wish I was more like you! You come up with all of these fantastic recipes! Hugs girl!

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  33. I need my salads kicked up a notch too! Pear and gorgonzola is such a delicious combo!!

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  34. so fresh! I am with Taylor, I need to kick up my greens a bit. Looks great Val!

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  35. This looks amazing!!! I am always looking for good salad recipes! Thank you, Val! :)

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  36. So delicious and elegant. I love the simplicity too.

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  37. What a beautiful salad and such a yummmy combination of ingredients! I'm with you on loving kicked up salads. This is perfect for some good New Hampshah maple syrup! They are predicting a VERY good year this year. :)

    Have a great weekend!
    Candace

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  38. love this salad, such great flavors :)

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