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Caramelized Pears and Gorgonzola Salad

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 25 min total time
  • 12 ingredients
  • 8 servings
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A delicious fruit salad dinner - that's ready in just 25 minutes!

Ingredients

Vinaigrette

1/4
cup extra-virgin olive oil
2
tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2
teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper

Caramelized Pears

2
tablespoons butter or margarine
4
firm ripe pears, peeled, quartered, cored and cut into eighths
1
teaspoon sugar

Salad

8
cups mixed spring greens
1/2
cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2
cup coarsely chopped candied pecans (from 5-oz bag)
1/2
cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Steps

  • 1 In small bowl, beat vinaigrette ingredients with wire whisk. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  • 2 In 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter over high heat. Add pears and sugar; cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until fruit is tender and golden. Cool slightly.
  • 3 In large salad bowl, toss greens, onion and half the vinaigrette. Transfer to large platter. Arrange pears, pecans and cheese over greens. Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette. Serve immediately.
  • 1 In small bowl, beat vinaigrette ingredients with wire whisk. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  • 2 In 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter over high heat. Add pears and sugar; cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until fruit is tender and golden. Cool slightly.
  • 3 In large salad bowl, toss greens, onion and half the vinaigrette. Transfer to large platter. Arrange pears, pecans and cheese over greens. Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

If pears cool to room temperature, reheat in nonstick skillet 2 to 3 minutes to allow caramel mixture to become syrupy.

Look for candied pecans in the bulk section of the grocery store or with the snack nuts.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
260
Calories from Fat
160
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
27%
Saturated Fat
5g
24%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
310mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
21g
7%
Dietary Fiber
4g
19%
Sugars
14g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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