Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pear Salad - weekend recipe

Here is a quick and easy salad to give you a sweet treat after all that shopping.  It is best this time of year when Pears are in season.

Salad with Pears and Blue Cheese

5 oz. package of salad greens
1 red pear, thinly sliced
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
3 Tbls. raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing
2 Tbls. walnuts, finely chopped.

Combine the greens, pears and blue cheese in a large bowl, then add dressing and toss gently.  Spoon onto a plate and sprinkle with the walnuts.

It is also holiday festive when garnished with pomegranate seeds.

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

1/2 c. raspberry vinegar
1/4 tsp. each salt & pepper
4 tsp. sugar
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (2 tsp.)
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. Dijon style mustard

Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate in a container with a tight fitting lid. Will keep for months. Makes 1/2 cup
Raspberry Jam Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon raspberry jam
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Vigorously whisk together the raspberry jam, vinegar, and olive oil until thoroughly combined; season with salt and black pepper to serve.

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