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Pear Salad with Creamy Walnut Vinaigrette

Blossom Lady
Jan 24, 2022 07:15 AM
Pear Salad with Creamy Walnut Vinaigrette

This Pear Salad with Creamy Walnut Vinaigrette is just about the first thing I make when gorgeous pears show up in my grocery store. The star of this fall salad is a whole pear that’s been thinly sliced and stacked so you can still see the shape of the fruit; it’s beautiful enough for the holidays. I love to serve pears this way in a salad because it retains their pretty shape, and makes such an elegant presentation. You can slice the pears with a very sharp knife and a steady hand, or you can do it the easy way, on a mandolin slicer. What’s fun about the mandolin is that it will slice through the pear and the stem, so you get a great look to your salad. Just stack the slices and fan them out slightly for this pretty presentation.

Walnuts and blue cheese are classic pairings with pears, but I took it a step further with my creamy walnut vinaigrette. I used walnut oil, which is so aromatic, and provides a nice change from the ubiquitous olive oil dressings. This recipe becomes ‘creamy’ because the oil emulsifies with the mustard and vinegar in a small food processor. I drizzle the oil in slowly while the machine is running which fuses everything together into a creamy dressing that will not separate.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 ripe but firm pears
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 cups arugula or other baby lettuce
  • 4 Tbsp walnuts
  • 4-8 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola cheese

dressing

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup walnut oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
0 minutes
Total Time:
15 minutes
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