Winter Pear and Walnut Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette | Midwest Living

Winter Pear and Walnut Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Winter Pear and Walnut Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Start to Finish 20 mins

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This 20-minute side-salad recipe features the rich flavors of pears, Gorgonzola cheese, and toasted walnuts.


  • Dijon Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  • 2 medium pears, cored and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 medium head Boston or Bibb lettuce
  • 2 ounces Gorgonzola dolce (Dolcelatte cheese)* or blue cheese, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted
  • 1 large yellow or red tomato, seeded and chopped


  1. Toss pear slices with 1/3 cup of the Dijon dressing in a medium bowl.
  2. To serve, line 4 salad plates or bowls with lettuce leaves. Top with pear mixture. Top each serving with cheese, walnuts, and tomato. Drizzle with remaining Dijon Vinaigrette. Makes 4 side-dish servings.


  • * This type of cheese is a soft, blue-veined cheese. Look for it in specialty cheese shops.

Dijon Vinaigrette


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a screw-top jar combine olive oil, white vinegar, sugar, Dijon-style mustard, garlic, kosher salt, and black pepper. Cover and shake well. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Stir just before serving. Makes about 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts

(Winter Pear and Walnut Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette)

Servings Per Recipe 4, Fat, total (g) 36, carb. (g) 20, vit. C (mg) 9, sat. fat (g) 7, chol. (mg) 11, Monounsaturated fat (g) 22, fiber (g) 4, sodium (mg) 414, iron (mg) 1, vit. A (IU) 1701, pro. (g) 6, cal. (kcal) 419, calcium (mg) 111

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