Over the summer, while on my MOPS steering retreat, I discovered how much I liked the combination of pears and gorgonzola. Just in case you are not familiar with gorgonzola cheese, it’s like blue cheese. I think it might be slightly creamier, but don’t hold me to that. I’m not a cheese expert, I just know that I like it! Anyway, during the retreat I enjoyed a pear, caramelized onion and gorgonzola pizza and a pear and gorgonzola salad with a delish vinaigrette from Trader Joe’s.
Today I’m sharing with you the SIMPLE salad recipe. And don’t be afraid of it! The sweetness of the pear and bitter gorgonzola make a fantastic combo!
The basic ingredients are very simple. There are several substitutions you can use. This is just what I had on hand.
Mixed salad greens, fresh or canned pears, gorgonzola or blue cheese and Trader Joe’s Champagne Pear Vinaigrette. Red onions and/or chopped toasted walnuts are also a great addition to this salad. If you do not have a TJ’s nearby, you can make a pear vinaigrette using the juice of the canned pears, champagne or white vinegar, crumbled gorgonzola cheese, seasoning and olive oil.
Place the mixed greens in a large bowl. If you are adding red onion, thinly slice it and add it to the top of the greens.
Peel fresh pears or drain canned pears. Slice into 1/2-inch segments.
Throw them on top of the greens.
Next add your gorgonzola cheese. Add toasted walnuts on top of the salad, if desired.
Just before serving, add dressing. Start with 1/2 cup. You can always add more later.
Toss and serve!
This salad really is delicious! Especially in the winter when the fruits and veggies aren’t so fresh.