A F A L L S A L A D
with pear, Gorgonzola, + cinnamon-glazed walnuts
This salad couldn't be simpler, but I love it for this time of year. It reminds me of a segue from late summer into early fall. The cinnamon-glazed walnuts and brown sugar vinaigrette are reminiscent of the warm spiced decadence of autumnal comfort food, but the freshness from the pears and leafy greens add a welcome balance. (The walnuts are my favorite part -- I make a little extra to eat like candy later on in the day.)
what you'll need
1/2 cup walnuts 1 tbsp butter 2-3 tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 4 cups mixed greens, washed and dry 1 pear, your favorite kind 1/3 cup Gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbles (for a milder alternative, use goat cheese crumbles) 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp Dijon or other mustard 3 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp brown sugar salt and pepper to taste
the butter and walnuts together in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, then add the brown sugar and cinnamon and cook, stirring continuously, until sugar coats the walnuts evenly.
the walnuts onto a sheet of parchment and separate the pieces to let them cool.
balsamic vinegar, mustard, olive oil, brown sugar, and salt and pepper together in a small bowl until blended.
divide the greens between two to four plates (depending on the size preferred) and top with thinly sliced pear, Gorgonzola, walnuts, and dressing.
just toss it all in a giant bowl.
for the full recipe, visit http://tworedbowls.com
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