Fall Salad with Roasted Pears, Stilton & Marmalade Dressing


This fall inspired salad of golden roasted pears on a bed of salad greens is a perfect accompaniment to a Thanksgiving Dinner. Feel free to substitute the walnuts of pecans or almonds and feta or goats cheese for the Stilton.

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 medium anjou pears (not too ripe)
  • 8 cups mixed  salad greens
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted*
  • 1/2 cup Stilton or blue cheese, crumbled
Dressing:
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Preparation

  1. Salad: Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil. Cut the pears in half lengthwise and using a melon baller or small spoon, cut out the core.
  3. Place pears in a shallow roasting pan and brush all sides with the oil/vinegar mixture.  Roast, cut-side up for 10 minutes, then turn over and roast for 10 more minutes, cut-side down until tender.
  4. Cover pears with foil to keep warm while you assemble the salad.
  5. Dressing:  Whisk together vinegar, marmalade, orange juice, Dijon, salt and pepper.  Add oil in a steady stream, whisking until incorporated.
  6. Place salad greens in a large bowl and toss  with 1/4 cup of the dressing. Place onto a 8 serving plates and place pear half on top of salad greens. Garnish with toasted walnuts, crumble Stilton and drizzle with remaining dressing.

*To Toast Walnuts: Place in a dry skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, tossing constantly, until fragrant, making sure nuts don’t burn.  Allow nuts to cook before adding to salad.