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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Pretty Much The Perfect Salad for Any Occasion:
I adore this salad. It’s so simple but packs a big punch. And it pairs well with so many main courses. Great for the family, the holidays, baby showers etc.,
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!
Click to see how to caramelize nuts.
Perfection! Butter leaf lettuce just melts in your mouth and those cranberries and walnuts provide some crunch and texture.
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.
A tender, light salad with a sweet creamy pear vinaigrette with just a hint of gorgonzola!
- 2-3 heads Butter leaf Lettuce depending on size washed well and torn by hand
- 2/3 cup Dried Cranberries
- Caramelized nuts see link above for instructions
- Avocado optional
- 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
- 1 T brown sugar or honey
- 1 T chives chopped
- 1 pinch of salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
- 3 T Gorgonzola crumbled
- Juice of half a lemon
Place lettuce, cranberries and walnuts on platter.
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.
More Recipes for the Pear Lover!
Roasted Skillet Chicken with Caramelized Pears
Greens with Asian Pears and Fig Maple Balsamic
Pear and Blackberry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Pear and Brie Salad
Greens with Pears and Warm Breaded Goat Cheese
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Post tags: grain free, gluten free, vegetarian