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Pear, Gorgonzola and Sweet & Spicy Pecan Salad

This pear gorgonzola is the perfect simple greens salad for the holiday and winter season! Topped with sweet and spicy pecans and champagne vinaigrette!
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Ingredients

pecans

  • ¾ cup whole pecans
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

champagne vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

salad

  • 8 cups spring greens
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pears, any variety, cut into matchsticks
  • ½ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese

Instructions 

pecans

  • Line a plate with parchment paper. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and add the sugar and cayenne. Once it starts to melt, add in the pecans and toss well to coat. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove the pecans, placing them on the parchment. Separate the nuts so they aren’t in one big chunk. Let cool completely before using.

champagne vinaigrette

  • Combine vinegar, honey, lemon juice, dijon, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl and whisk together. Stream in the olive oil while constantly whisking until the dressing comes together. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

salad

  • Place the greens in a large bowl and season well with the salt and pepper. Add in the matchstick pears, the pecans and the crumbled gorgonzola. Drizzle on the dressing and serve.
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