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white square plate with lettuce, pears, pomegranates and bleu cheese

Pear Salad w/ Pomegranate, Toasted Almonds, Avocado & Bleu Cheese

Fresh greens tossed with pomegranate, toasted almonds, avocado, bleu cheese and a sweet-tangy pear vinaigrette.
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 124kcal

Ingredients

For Salad

  • 4 cups mixed greens such as spring mix
  • 1 Romaine lettuce heart torn into bite-size pieces
  • 2 ripe pears thinly sliced (skin on)
  • 1 pomegranate seeded
  • 1 avocado sliced in 1-inch bits
  • 1 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • ¼ cup red onion sliced
  • ¼ cup Bleu cheese crumbled
  • ¾ to 1 cup Creamy Pear Vinaigrette

For Dressing

  • 4 halves canned or bottled pears
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried Tarragon leaves

Instructions

Salad

  • Rinse spring mix. Wash and dry Romaine lettuce and chop into bite-size pieces.
  • Core and cut pears into thin slices (leave skin on for color & nutrients). Remove seeds (arils) from one pomegranate. Remove skin and pit from avocado, slice in 1-inch bits.
  • Place almonds on foil lined pan in 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes or until lightly toasted (don't burn).
  • Thinly slice red onion. Crumble Bleu cheese and set aside.
  • Place all ingredients except Bleu cheese in a large bowl.
  • Add ¾ cup Pear Vinaigrette and toss gently. Add more dressing if needed. Sprinkle salad with Bleu cheese.

Pear Vinaigrette (Dressing)

  • Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until mixture is emulsified (blended together to bind oil and vinegar).
  • Store in sealed container in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Notes

You'll have left-over dressing which will keep in your refrigerator covered for two weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 121mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g
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