Arugula Salad with Port-Cooked Pears and Roquefort Cheese

Sweet port wine infuses pears with a rich flavor that marries well with the pungent cheese. Serve with pork tenderloin.


8 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 88
Caloriesfromfat 31 %
Fat 3 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Monofat 0.6 g
Polyfat 1.4 g
Protein 2 g
Carbohydrate 11 g
Fiber 2.5 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Sodium 131 mg
Calcium 62 mg


2 peeled Bartlett pears, cored and quartered
Cooking spray
1/2 cup port or other sweet red wine
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon walnut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 cups trimmed arugula (about 8 ounces)
2 cups (1/2-inch) slices Belgian endive (about 1/2 pound)
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled Roquefort or other blue cheese
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted


Preheat oven to 400°.

Arrange pears in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; drizzle with port. Sprinkle evenly with sugar. Cover and bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until pears are almost tender. Cool completely; reserve 1 tablespoon liquid from pan. Thinly slice pears; set aside. Combine reserved 1 tablespoon liquid, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk.

Combine sliced pears, arugula, and endive in a large bowl. Drizzle vinegar mixture over arugula mixture; toss gently to coat. Arrange about 1 1/3 cups salad on each of 8 plates. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese and 3/4 teaspoon nuts.