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Balsamic Roasted Pear and Stilton Cheese Salad

  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Balsamic Roasted Pears:
4 firm pears (bosc, anjou, bartlett or red bartlett)
1cup Ginger Ale Maple Glaze
2tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2cup water plus more as needed
Salad:
4cups field greens, arugula, spinach or chopped romaine
1 (4-ounce) package Stilton or blue cheese crumbles
1/2cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4cup extra-virgin olive oil, walnut oil or hazelnut oil
1/4cup balsamic, fig or red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. To prepare the pears: Peel the pears and halve them lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a melon baller or teaspoon. Lay the pears down on their cut sides in a nonreactive baking dish. Pour the glaze, vinegar and 1/2 cup water over the pears and bake, uncovered, 35 minutes, basting occasionally with the pan juices, until pears are tender and the glaze turns golden brown. You can add a bit more water if needed to prevent pearsfrom sticking to the pan.
  3. To make salad: Place 1 cup greens on each of 4 plates. Top the greens with 2 pear halves sliced 1/2 inch thick. Divide the cheese and nuts over each salad. Drizzle the salads with oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Pour some of the pear cooking juices over the salads, if desired. 

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 447
  • Fat 32g
  • Saturated Fat 8g
  • Cholesterol 21mg
  • Sodium 413mg
  • Carbohydrate 33g
  • Fiber 6g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Protein 11g
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