Butter Lettuce Salad with Gorgonzola and Pear Dressing

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
40 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pear nectar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Half a 6-ounce ripe red Bartlett pear, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
  • Salad:
  • 1 head butter lettuce, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 a large ripe red Bartlett pear, quartered lengthwise, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts (preferably skinned), toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
Directions
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For the dressing: In a blender, blend together the oil, pear nectar, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, diced pear, cheese, salt and pepper until smooth.

For the salad: Place the lettuce wedges on 4 salad plates. Arrange the avocado, pear slices, hazelnuts and cranberries around the lettuce. Drizzle with the dressing and serve.


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Great dressing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this salad. And it's great to use a fruit other than apple. The sweetness of the dressing, the creamy and saltiness of the gorganzola is well balanced with the toasted hazelnuts and craisins. I couldn't find peach nectar so I used agave nectar. Absolutely, will make this again. This is refreshing and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was good but not spectacular. It was very blue cheesy. Of course, if one likes blue cheese/gorgonzola, then this would be good. We added avocado and bacon to the salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This salad was SO delicious! I added julienned jicama because I had it in the house. Really nice addition. I might try this with halved red grapes in place of the dried cranberries. Mmmmmmmm.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this again and again because my family keeps requesting it. I've also used the dressing on a "Cobb" salad that included pears. I highly recommend other cooks try this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved it .... spectacular! I also added sliced chicken breast to the plate. The chicken and dressing were a perfect marriage! My husband said that I could invite him anytime. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soo yummi and fresh salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Possibly the best salad dressing I've ever had!!! It is a perfect combination of Bleu Cheese, and Sweet, and Tang. Absolutely perfect. The flavors all hit you at different times. It is delightful. This is a Giada 'out of the park' recipe. I followed the recipe to the letter. My husband was skeptical of the 'pear' when I told him I was going to make it. Great guy that he is, he said he'd be game to try it. He almost drank the whole blender-ful before I put it on the salad - when I asked him to try it : The salad itself - of course is flexible. I followed to the letter. (I might have added a few slivers of red onion. For anyone looking for Pear Nectar... I found it in my "Mega-Mart" in the Juice aisle, right with the lemon juice and other juices. (Huge bottle... but it was so... worth it. Thumbs up!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this dressing. It was so fresh and zingy..The butter lettuce is the best choice for this I added grilled shrimp, a little chopped yellow pepper and shelled pistachio nuts. This made a nice meal on a hot day. Making this again. Used leftover dressing to dip carrots and zucchini in...yum item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! I didn't have pear nectar or white balsamic vinegar so I substituted with pear juice and regular balsamic vinegar and it still turned out good. I think it could have been a little bit stronger but I think I'll just have to adjust it next time. I also added extra crumbled Gorgonzola on top of the salad for extra flavor. Can't wait to try it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this recipe! I used toasted pecans because I didn't have hazelnuts. Best dressing ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used dried cherries and roasted walnuts for this salad. My husband loved the wedge, but we didn't find the dressing to be very flavorful. I used high-grade gorgonzola and white balsamic, but it still lacked a lot of taste. I love this idea, so I will just look for another version of this dressing to use. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it last night, along with the rib eye steak, mashed potatoes, shrimp (from the June 2012 LA Steakhouse episode. It was PERFECT!!! This is the first time I made a dinner that felt like we were eating at a nice steakhouse. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great variety of tastes and textures and the dressing was perfect. Good summer time salad item not reviewed by moderator and published
The dressing was delicious! I had some leftover roasted beets in the fridge, so I used those instead of dried cranberries. This salad was a big hit at my house.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great summer dish. I will use it with pork and chicken as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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