Pear, Beet, and Gorgonzola Green Salad

 Recipe
Prep: 15 minutes; Cook: 90 minutes. You can roast the beets up to 2 days before assembling salad.

Yield:

8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Nutritional Information

Calories 180
Fat 12 g
Satfat 4 g
Monofat 7 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrate 17 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 84 mg
Calcium 112 mg

Ingredients

2 peeled beets
4 cups thinly sliced, firm Bosc pears
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 large shallot, peeled and chopped
1 (5-ounce) bag spring-greens mix

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Wash beets, leaving wet, and wrap individually in foil. Arrange beets in roasting pan or on baking sheet; bake 90 minutes or until tender (poke a thin-bladed knife through foil to test). Cool in foil. (To cook on stovetop, place beets in saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil and cook over medium heat until tender. Cool. This takes less time than baking--45 minutes to an hour.) Dice beets.

3. Toss pears with lemon juice in a small bowl; cover, and refrigerate up to 2 hours. Place diced roasted beets and cheese in 2 separate bowls; cover, and refrigerate up to 2 hours.

4. Combine oil and next 5 ingredients in a bowl, stirring with whisk.

5. Remove pears, beets, and cheese from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving; bring to room temperature.

6. Place greens in a bowl; top with pears, beets, and cheese, and drizzle with vinaigrette.

Mark Bittman,

Health

November 2005
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