Recipe: Roasted Pears and Gorgonzola Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar

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Pineapple Pear Gorganzola Salad FeatureWe love when our customers share their favorite creations and let us pass on good ideas for healthy, tasty dishes.  Kelly emailed this idea to us, we tried it, and it’s a winner.  The pears are roasted in a light coating of EVOO but that’s it for the oil.  Pineapple balsamic vinegar is all she used as the dressing to finish the salad – surprisingly tasty. As much as we wanted to use a flavored olive oil for the pears, we stayed true to Kelly’s recipe and used one of our single varietal EVOOs and it paid off!  We could really taste the pear flavor the roasting process brought out in each bite-sized piece.  Placing the empty baking sheet inside the preheating oven gave a nice searing of the fruit as soon as they hit the pan.  We used arugula but any mixed greens will do.  Kelly’s friend calls this “dessert in a salad bowl”.  We call it a delicious, healthy, easy recipe with only a few ingredients.  Thank you Kelly!

 

INGREDIENTSPineapple Pear Gorganzola Salad Ingredients

 

DIRECTIONS

Adjust oven rack to middle position.  Place a rimmed baking sheet on center rack.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.Dice Pears for Pineapple Pear Gorganzola SaladDice the pears into bite-sized pieces, keeping in mind the pieces will shrink slightly when roasted (cut to about a ¾-inch dice)

 

EVOO on pears for Pineapple Pear Gorganzola SaladPlace diced pears into a medium bowl and sprinkle with about ¼ teaspoon salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.  Drizzle with the one tablespoon of EVOO and toss until the pears are well coated.

 

Pears in Oven for Pineapple Pear Gorganzola SaladTransfer pears to preheated baking pan and spread out into a single layer.  Roast in oven for about 15-20 minutes (depending on how charred you like your fruit).  Toss pears 2-3 times during roasting time.

 

Toast Pinenuts in SkilletIf adding pine nuts to the salad, toast them in a dry skillet over low heat for about 5-7 minutes while the pears are roasting.  Flip the nuts occasionally.  Set aside to cool.

 

Roasted Dice Pears for Pineapple Pear Gorganzola SaladWhen the pears are done, remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet.  Set aside.

 

Add Pineapple Balsamic to Pineapple Pear Gorganzola SaladOnce the pine nuts and pears are cool (or still slightly warm), add the salad greens to a large bowl.  Add the ½ cup of Gorgonzola cheese, optional pine nuts and roasted pears.  Drizzle with the 3 tablespoons of pineapple balsamic.

 

Toss Pineapple Pear Gorganzola SaladToss the salad well adding more pineapple balsamic if desired.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

 

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

 

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