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Vinaigrette

2 tablespoon Cranberry Pear White Balsamic

Pinch of salt

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

5 tablespoons Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 1/2 teaspoons shallots, finely minced

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Salad

4 cups torn Bibb lettuce or romaine or mixed field greens, washed, patted dry

1 small pear, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

4 tablespoons gorgonzola cheese, blue cheese or feta cheese

3 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

To make the vinaigrette: In a food processor or blender, mix the balsamic vinegar, salt and mustard. Slowly drizzle in the oil while the processor is on and process until an emulsion forms. Adjust the seasonings as necessary. Add the shallots and black pepper. Make this up to 2 to 3 days in advance and store in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature, whisk before using.

To make the salad: Place the greens in a large bowl. Drizzle a few tablespoons vinaigrette over the greens. Toss gently to coat the leaves. You might not use all the vinaigrette.

Divide the greens on 2 plates. Top each with a few pear slices and sprinkle with crumbled cheese. Sprinkle on some coarsely chopped walnuts. Drizzle more vinaigrette on top of the walnuts if desired.

Cook’s note: To toast the nuts, place on a tray in a toaster oven. Toast about 4 minutes or until fragrant. Watch carefully; they can burn easily.

http://www.freep.com/article/20110210/FEATURES02/102100395/Pear-Gorgonzola-Salad-Walnuts

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