Spinach, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad

pear salad close up

This is a great salad any time of year. It can stand on its own as a meal with all your necessary food groups…bacon, spinach greens, walnuts, pears, pomegranate seeds and gorgonzola. Did I get your attentions now? Yum!

Spinach, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

Salad for 4:
4 Bosc pears, under ripe
4 – 6 pieces cooked bacon, torn into bite size pieces
1 cup crumbled gorgonzola or ripe bleu cheese
4 cups baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup walnuts
4 tablespoons pomegranate seeds

Vinaigrette:
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Herbs of Provence
Sea Salt to taste

Whisk up the vinaigrette in a small bowl or cup. Peel the pears and slice into wedges. Place in a large bowl and pour the vinaigrette over the pears. This flavors the pears and also prevents them from turning brown while you prepare the salads.

drizzle dressing on pears

Place a cup of spinach leaves on each salad plate. Place pears wedges with a little vinaigrette equally on each bed of spinach. Then top with equal amounts of gorgonzola, bacon pieces, walnuts, and finishing with pomegranate seeds. The combination of sweet, tangy, salty and crunchy are all complimented by the vinaigrette soaked pears.

4 pear salads

We are serving this yummy salad with “Christmas Standing Rib Roast Dinner.” Join us tomorrow on Galley Pirates as we help you prepare a rib roast, Yorkshire pudding and gravy….all from your little galley! See you tomorrow!

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