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
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 1/6th • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
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)

Ingredients:
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) reduced-fat gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 8 oz mixed baby greens (baby spinach, arugula, radicchio, etc.)
  • 1 oz (about 20 halves) pecans

Directions:
    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.

    17 comments :

    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!

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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!!

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

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    8. This was DELICIOUS!!!

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

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    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!

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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

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    16. This looks delicious! I always try to sneak radicchio into our salads since it is a great superfood with amazing health benefits. These are some great "Adults Only" Salad recipes: http://radicchio.com/for-chefs/salads-for-adults/
      I hope you enjoy and thank you again for the recipe!

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