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Winter Pear Gorgonzola Salad
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Spice Islands®

Winter Pear Gorgonzola Salad

Difficulty

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

6 servings

Ingredients

2 cups dry red wine

1 Spice Islands® Cinnamon Sticks

2 firm, fresh pears, cored, peeled and cut into 8 lengthwise slices

1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 cup Mazola® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Mint

5 ounces (4 cups) fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and patted dry

1 cup toasted black walnuts

2 ounces (1/4 cup) Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Instructions

Bring wine and cinnamon stick to a boil over high heat in medium saucepan. Add pears; reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cool for 1 hour (for optimum color).

Whisk balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and mint leaves in a small bowl.

Divide spinach leaves evenly between 4 to 6 salad plates. Sprinkle cheese and walnuts over top. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Place 3 to 4 pear slices on top of each salad. Serve.

RECIPE TIP: Although Gorgonzola is a soft cheese, it will crumble easily if chilled.

RECIPE VARIATION:  1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice may be substituted for the dried mint.

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