Butter Leaf Salad with Creamy Pear Vinaigrette!

Tender butter leaf lettuce, dried cranberries, caramelized walnuts and sweet creamy pear vinaigrette makes this one of my favorite salads! It’s simple enough to make for a casual family dinner, but elegant enough to serve at baby showers and dinner parties too.

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The creamy pear vinaigrette is made in the blender with fresh, ripe pears, pear juice, honey, olive oil, and finished with chopped chives and gorgonzola. The perfect combination of salty and sweet!

 

Butter Leaf Salad with Creamy Pear Vinaigrette!

Click to see how to caramelize nuts.

Butter Leaf Salad with Creamy Pear Vinaigrette!

Perfection! Butter leaf lettuce just melts in your mouth and those cranberries and walnuts provide some crunch and texture.

Butter Leaf Salad with Creamy Pear Vinaigrette!

The Recipe: Butter Leaf Salad with Creamy Pear Vinaigrette!

What you will need: A blender, I use a Blendtec Blender and love it! This recipe is grain and gluten free. 

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Butter Leaf Lettuce with Creamy Pear and Gorgonzola Vinaigrette

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A tender, light salad with a sweet creamy pear vinaigrette with just a hint of gorgonzola!

Ingredients

  • 3 heads Butter leaf Lettuce, washed well and torn by hand
  • 2/3 cup Dried Cranberries
  • Caramelized nuts (see link above for instructions)
  • Avocado (optional)
  • Dressing:
  • 2 ripe pears peeled and cored
  • 1/3 cup pear juice or white grape juice (I buy juice boxes)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 T Champagne Vinegar
  • 1T brown sugar or honey
  • 1T chives, chopped
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 3T Gorgonzola, crumbled
  • Juice of half a lemon

Instructions

  1. Place lettuce, cranberries and walnuts on platter.
  2. In a blender, puree pears and pear or grape juice till smooth. Add vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, brown sugar or honey, salt and pepper. Blend. Turn off blender. Add chives and Gorgonzola give a quick whirl. You don’t want to blend more than a second or two because you want your Gorgonzola a little chunky and your chives will turn the dressing green if blended too long. Dress salad right before serving. Keep extra dressing in the fridge. Use within 24 hours.

 

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Butter Leaf Salad with Creamy Pear Vinaigrette!

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Post tags: grain free, gluten free, vegetarian

36 thoughts on “Butter Leaf Salad with Creamy Pear Vinaigrette!

  1. This salad looks wonderful! I love butter lettuce, but always forget to buy it. The vinaigrette seems like a perfect light dressing for this salad.

  2. Looks delicious! One of my favorite lettuces is butter leaf lettuce. This salad looks like a perfect lunch salad that will keep you going throughout the day. Cannot wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!!

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