This is a delicious salad! Basically made to recipe with the exception of using a bit more spinach than called for to make it go further. In the picture, it appears they may have coarsly chopped the spinach. The recipe did not specify, so I just used whole baby spinach. Next time I will probably coarsly chop the spinach so all the wonderful flavors from the marinated fruit will blend a bit more with the spinach. It was a huge hit at Christmas dinner. Would also make an excellent main dish salad with a little added proscuitto.
This is a slightly conditional 5 stars. First, I used the following dressing: Whisk together...2/3 c canola oil...1/3 c cider vinegar..2 green onions finely diced...3 T brown sugar...1 heaping T Dijon must...1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes...1/4 t salt.
I couldn't find decent red pears so I used fuji apples. I used crumbeld goat cheese instead of the saltier blue/gorgonzola and I reduced the dried fruit to a 1/2 cup. I happened to have glazed walnuts at home, so I used those.
All that said, it was a HUGE hit at Thanksgiving and I intend to have an encore at Christmas dinner. If not before. ;) YUM!
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