I knew as soon as I saw this recipe I would like it. My intuition was not wrong as I’ve enjoyed this salad repeatedly over the last week.
For the salad:
Pears, ripe, but firm
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Lettuce (I used Spring Mix)
Crumbled blue or Gorgonzola cheese (I used blue)
For the vinaigrette:
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp walnuts
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 cup walnut oil
S & P to taste
1 1-2 tbsp sugar
To make the dressing put the mustard, walnuts, white wine vinegar, & sugar into a food processor & process for a minute. Add in the oil & process until you’ve reached a smooth, creamy consistency. Season with S&P to taste.
Slice the pears, about a 1/4 inch & sprinkle with lemon juice on both sides to prevent browning.
To plates add lettuce, sprinkle with walnuts, cheese of your choice, slices of pears & drizzle with vinaigrette. Enjoy!
Adapted slightly from: https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/pear-salad-with-creamy-walnut-vinaigrette/
Notes: the original recipe does not list sugar for the dressing. When I first made the salad, I made it as instructed, but both my husband & I both thought it needed just a bit of sugar so I adjusted as listed.
Also, if you slice the pears just prior to serving & eating, you can safely omit the lemon juice to prevent the pears from browning.