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
- 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
- 2 cups lettuce, shredded, sliced or torn
- Assemble salad.
- Mix the lemon juice, oil, maple syrup, dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Toss the salad with the dressing to coat.
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