Basil-and-Blue Cheese Salad

Basil-and-Blue Cheese Salad Recipe
Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Angela Sellers

Yield:

Makes 10 to 12 servings
Total time: 20 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Total: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon country-style Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
10 cup mixed salad greens
1/2 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
2 ripe pears, thinly sliced
2 fresh navel oranges, sectioned
2 avocados, sliced
1 (4-oz.) package blue cheese, crumbled

Preparation

1. Whisk together first 5 ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to use (up to 24 hours).

2. Toss together greens and basil. Top with pears, oranges, avocados, and blue cheese; toss. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

Note:

It's ideal to slice pears and avocados at the last minute so they won't turn brown. You can do this one hour ahead and toss in a small amount of lemon juice. (Too much will alter the flavor of the vinaigrette.)