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Caramelized Pears and Gorgonzola Salad

Caramelized Pears and Gorgonzola Salad
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 8

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

Directions

  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
260
Calories from Fat
160
Total Fat
17g
27%
Saturated Fat
5g
24%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
310mg
13%
Potassium
330mg
9%
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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