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Pear salad with Gorgonzola, almonds, pomegranate arils, pear dressing and mixed greens on a gray and white striped plate.

Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Almonds

  • Author: Christina
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Caramelizing
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A beautiful pear salad that hits all the high notes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. Serve it with the quick and easy pear dressing, or a simpler vinaigrette of your choice. Use the buttons in the corner of the recipe to increase the ingredient amounts for a crowd. 

I am under no impression that anyone reaches for their measuring spoons and cups when pulling together a salad. The specific amounts listed in the recipe are for general guidance and to approximate the nutrition information included below. Use as much or as little of each ingredient as you like. And no judgment if you pile on the Gorgonzola!


Ingredients

Scale

For the Salad

  • to 2 cups of arugula, mesclun, or any mixed salad greens
  • 1 ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced
  •  3 tablespoons of Gorgonzola (or any blue cheese), crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons or 2 healthy pinches of sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup fennel, sliced paper thin or shaved with a mandolin
  • 2 teaspoons of dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds
  • A healthy pinch or about ¼ teaspoon of coarse sea salt or flake salt
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs, tarragon or thyme recommended
  • 3 tablespoons of honey-pear vinaigrette or a basic vinaigrette

Honey-Pear Vinaigrette

  • 1 ripe pear, any variety
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons of avocado, canola, olive, or sunflower oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 sprigs of tarragon or thyme, leaves picked and sliced gently

Basic Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup of vinegar such as apple cider, white wine, or champagne vinegar
  • ¾ cup of oil such as avocado, olive, sunflower, or canola
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or mustard like Dijon

Instructions

Honey-Pear Dressing

  1. Slice large pieces of the pear away from the core and place them in your blender. You can peel the pear first for a smoother dressing, but the skin adds nutrients and a bit of texture.
  2. Add the rest of the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. 
  3. Taste the dressing and add more lemon juice, salt, or oil a little at a time to your liking. Stir in any chopped herbs right before serving. 
  4. Store leftover dressing in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Oil & Vinegar Dressing

  1. For a basic vinaigrette, whisk your vinegar and a little honey or any smooth mustard in a small bowl. 
  2. Slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking constantly. This will emulsify (thicken and stabilize) the dressing. 
  3. Whisk in any salt and fresh chopped herbs to your liking. 

Pear Salad

  1. Combine all of the salad greens and ingredients except the pear in a large bowl and season with a small pinch of salt.
  2. Drizzle in a few spoonfuls of your dressing and gently mix with your hands or tongs to evenly coat it all in the dressing. Then transfer it all to your plate(s) or platter. 
  3. Slice large pieces of the pear away from the core. Then slice the pieces into quarter-inch wide slices. Scatter the pears about the salad. 
  4. Sprinkle the salad with chopped herbs and/or a few granules of coarse sea salt. 

Notes

Chef's Tips

  • Slice and add the pears last. Ripe pears, especially once sliced, demand a delicate touch and will begin to oxidize (browning of the flesh caused by exposure to the air). 
  • Taste the dressing as you mix it. For a salad dressing that meets your standards, don't take anyone else's word on how much of any one ingredient. Before you toss the salad ingredients with the dressing, taste it. Bland? Add more salt. Too tart? Whisk in a little more oil. Lack zing? Squeeze a little more lemon juice or vinegar in.

On the Nutrition Information

The nutrient amounts below are based on the recipe as written. Any modifications and substitutions will vary the amount of sugar, carbohydrates, and fat.

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