Oct 3, 2008

Autumn Salad with Pears and Gorgonzola

Sweet Autumn pears, honey Dijon dressing, crunchy pecans, and gorgonzola cheese. I love a good salad with lots of texture and flavors, this salad is a healthy addition to your Fall table. Simple and elegant, apples can be substituted for pears if you wish.

Autumn Salad with Pears and Gorgonzola
Servings: 6 • Size: 1/6th • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 4
Calories: 160.4 • Fat: 12.6 g • Protein: 4.6 g • Carb: 10.4 g • Fiber: 2.2 g • Sugar: 2.2
Sodium: 105.7 mg (without salt)

For the dressing:
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
 For the salad:
  • 2 small ripe pears, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 8 oz mixed baby greens (baby spinach, arugula, radicchio, etc.)
  • 1 oz (about 20 halves) pecans

    For the dressing: In a large bowl, mix vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk in olive oil and blend.

    In a salad bowl combine baby greens, pears, gorgonzola cheese and pecans. When you are ready to serve, add the vinaigrette and toss well. Serve immediately.


    1. I literally tasted the ingredients as I read this! thanks! i can't wait to put this one together. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see what your next invention is!

    2. This sounds wonderful and I love the points value!

    3. Ok, so this was FABULOUS! The only change I made was just a pinch of sugar to the dressing! I used an organic spring mix since my grocery store didn't have the greens it called for. Delicious!

    4. I made this tonight with the sage pork chops, applesauce, and garlic mashed potatoes, but all everyone could say was how delicious this salad was! It is super easy to make. I couldn't find gorgonzola cheese so I used some reduced fat feta cheese instead and it was delicious!

    5. I never know what kind of pears to buy - what are your favorites? Thanks!

      BTW - just discovered this blog last week and I blogged about some recipes I'm very eager to try!

    6. So simple and delicious! I made this salad the other night when we went to our friends' house for dinner the other night. They kept commenting on how I "went all out" and how fancy it was! Little did they know, I threw this together 15 minutes before leaving the house!

      We had leftovers (didn't dress the whole salad, but dressed individually) so the next day, I made a lunch salad out of it by tearing a couple pieces of "premium" roasted turkey lunchmeat, and added some sliced "baby bella" mushrooms to it. It was so amazing!!

    7. Isn't it impressive yet simple!!!

    8. This was DELICIOUS!!!

    9. What could you use instead of Gorgonzola? I am not fond of that cheese.

    10. Holy toledo. The boy and I made this into a dinner salad last night by adding a simple grilled salmon filet on top. I am more than certain I dreamed about it and I woke up wondering the soonest I could slip it back into my repertoire.

      I unfortunately was unable to find reduced fat gorgonzola from Trader Joe's, so I used regular. I also threw in thinly sliced red onion and some craisins. DEVINE!

    11. @ Anonymous try goat cheese. I've made a spinach salad using goat cheese, walnuts, and dried cranberries for years and it's great.

      @Catherine I also couldn't find reduced fat gorg (the cheese dept person said she'd never even seen it), so I got regular.

    12. Do you have a special brand of gorgonzola that is gluten-free? I would love to find one that is gluten-free!!

    13. I'm loving your salads. Today we had this for lunch, and it makes 3 really large lunch portions. As per usual I lessened the oil, only 2tsp this time. I also used walnuts instead of the pecans since that is all I had on hand. They were really good in the salad. My only mistake was I read the amount of cheese incorrect and only used half of what was called for. I really wish I would have used the correct amount, because the bites with the Gorgonzola were even better than those without. I will definitely make this salad again.

    14. You can get reduced fat gorg at PUBLIX if they are near you.

    15. I tried this today and did 1 Honeycrisp apple and 1 Pear and it was amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

    16. YUM!!! I made this last night, along with your buffalo chicken nuggets. While my husband made fries with his chicken, he tried some of my salad. I doubled the dressing recipe in a small glass jar and shook. I had a feeling I would need more dressing for salads later after reading the ingredients. I made a small salad for me, and I used some Bartlett pear with reduced fat blue cheese (had it in the fridge), and drizzled a little dressing on top. This is a good solid salad. So much so, that husband has requested more of it tonight to have with some soup. And that is why I made extra dressing :) This is a hit!!!


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