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Kitchen Witch
July 10th, 2011, 10:03 AM
Pear and Gorgonzola Salad

4 to 6 cups mixed greens, trimmed, washed, and dried
1/2 cup basic vinaigrette dressing (see below)
2 pears, cored and sliced
1/4 lb Gorgonzola or other good quality blue cheese, crumbled
1 cup walnut halves, toasted and coarsely chopped

Toss the greens with most of the vinaigrette and divide between individual salad plates. Arrange the pear slices on top and sprinkle the Gorgonzola over all. Top with the toasted walnuts and remaining vinaigrette. Serves 4 to 6.

Basic Vinaigrette Dressing

1 Tbs finely chopped shallot or onion
1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine the shallot, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Add the oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly. Makes 1 cup