Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry

posted by Linda in MO 01-05-102 11:23 AM

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

1/2 cup canned whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
1/4 tsp salt

18 Bibb lettuce leaves (about 2 heads)
2 cups sliced peeled pear (about 2 pears)
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 cup (1/8-inch-thick) slices red onion, separated into rings
1/3 cup (2 oz.) crumbled blue cheese
2 tbsp coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

To prepare vinaigrette, place first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk.

To prepare salad, divide lettuce leaves evenly among 6 salad plates. Toss pear with 2 tbsp orange juice. Divide pear and onion evenly among leaves. Top each serving with about 1 tbsp cheese and 1 tsp walnuts. Drizzle each serving with about 2 1/2 tbsp vinaigrette.

Yield: 6 servings.

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