Pear Salad with and Bacon, Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

Pear Salad with and Bacon, Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

After a little over indulging on the holiday weekend I was looking for something on the lighter side and a salad fit the bill perfectly. When I made the candied walnuts last week and I immediatly thought about using some of them in a salad. One of my favorite winter salads is a pear salad and I was thinking that adding candied walnuts to a pear salad would work really well. Gorgonzola and pears are another great flavour combo and I could not resist adding some to the salad. With sweet and tangy taken care of I added bacon for some saltiness and I then finished the salad off with a simple maple dijon vinaigrette that used walnut oil for even more walnut flavour. This pear salad is pretty simple and yet so good! The pear, gorgonzola, bacon and candied walnut combination is really nice and it works well in a salad.

Pear Salad with and Bacon, Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

(makes 4 servings)
Printable Recipe

2 pears (cored and sliced)
1 green onions (sliced)
2 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
1/4 cup gorgonzola (crumbled)
1/4 cup candied walnuts
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon walnut oil (or olive oil)
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

1. Assemble salad.
2. Mix the lemon juice, oil, maple syrup, dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
3. Toss the salad with the dressing to coat.

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Wicked Good Dinner said...

This salad looks like the perfect way to perk up winter!!

Happy New Year to you :-)

Gail said...

Yay! I'm glad you're back and this looks great! Thanks!

tracieMoo said...

I've never paired up pear and bacon but I would try this out. Sounds really interesting.
Have a Happy New Year!

Velva said...

What a perfect salad for winter-Just beautiful.

Startup Wife said...

That looks so good! Your salads are always so inspiring. Perfect post-holiday meal.

Kathleen said...

I make a version of this salad and it's my absolute favorite! Tours looks beautifully delicious!

Pam said...

What a great combination of ingredients for a salad!

The Active Foodie said...

This is one of my favorite salad combinations! I can't wait to try your version! Looks delicious!

Peter M said...

Welcome back...and with a delicious salad. I love pears with blue cheeses!

Donna-FFW said...

Well, this is what Id call a most flavorful explosion of deliciousness in one bite. Sounds wonderful!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a killer combo! Amazing flavors!

Best wishes for 2010!



tastymealsathome said...

super yum!!

screwdestiny said...

That picture is amazing, Kevin, and that salad has some of my favorite things in it. Awesome!

♥peachkins♥ said...

This salad looks extra special with those pear slices..

Sophie said...

This is one lovely & superb salad!! I so love all of the textures, Kevin!!

Happy New year!

homecooked said...

This salad looks like a perfect holiday treat! Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Joanne said...

This is another excellent use for those candied walnuts. I love the sweet and salty you've got going on!

Claudia said...

I've been looking for something to do with the abundant winter pears and this is it. Love the flavors. Happy New Year!

penny pinching provisions said...

Yum! I love Gorgonzola.

Cam M. said...

If you were a smurf, you'd be 'Yummy Smurf'.... I love this kind of salad with fruit, nuts, and some type of crispy bacon!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're back! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. The salad looks devine--and have a joyful and busy New Year!! CP

oneshotbeyond said...

I need a nice light salad after all the holiday meals taken in! :-)

{lovely little things} said...

Anything with gorgonzola is fine by me!

Culinary Cory said...

Classic and simple. I'm always a fan of gorgonzola cheese and pears.

HD Rentals Miami said...

Wow! I would never think of such a combination but it looks so good it just has to be good!

Anonymous said...

If i leave out the Bacon and cheese will it still taste good?

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: I think the pears would be a little lonely if left only with the walnuts and the dressing. You could easily omit the bacon but I try to keep the cheese, another mild blue cheese or feta or goat cheese could be substituted.

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