Winter Salad with Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

This salad is a side. Don’t worry, I’m not going all rabbit on you. Just enjoying these awesome flavors all together.

on plate

Salads are so much fun for me but I feel like they often get forgotten in the winter when the produce isn’t as plentiful.

Greens bowl

I am always trying to make a fun one up to compensate for the lack of fresh everything.

Greens

I like all different kinds of lettuce but for this one I just picked a spring mix.

Pear And Cheese

I used a Bosc pear for this recipe. The skin of a Bosc pear is crisp and the inside is semi firm, not too sweet and juicy. Perfect for this salad.

Dressing

This dressing is mild with just a little tang and slightly sweet from maple syrup.

up close

Creamy blue cheese (that I crumbled) and sweetened/spiced walnuts topped it off. If you cant find walnuts that are already sweetened/spiced in the store you can use a recipe like this. You could even just toast them and they would still be good.

overhead in bowl

All the flavors together work brilliantly.

It comes together in minutes. Take a try and add this to your next meal!

WINTER SALAD WITH PEAR, BLUE CHEESE and WALNUTS

makes 4 very small salads or two large

a hungry apple original

Ingredients: 

1 bag spring mix salad

1 Bosc pear, sliced thin

4 ounces good quality blue cheese, crumbled (about a 1/4 cup)

dressing:

1/2 of a small shallot, finely diced

2 teaspoons maple syrup

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

sea salt, pinch

3 twists freshly ground pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions and directions: 

In a small bowl, combine shallot, syrup, vinegar, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil.

Layer salad, cheese, pear and walnuts in a bowl or on a plate. Drizzle with dressing.

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