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Arugula-Pear-Blue Cheese Salad

Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 15 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
A classic Arugula-Pear-Blue Cheese Salad pairs perfectly with most entrees. For a more pungent flavor, use gorgonzola cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. pear preserves
  • 1/2 cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 8 cups loosely packed arugula
  • 2 Bartlett pears, cut into 6 wedges each
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

How to Make It

  1. Process 1/4 cup preserves and next 5 ingredients in a food processor 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth. With processor running, pour oil through food chute in a slow steady, stream, processing until smooth. Transfer to a 2-cup measuring cup or small bowl, and stir in remaining 2 Tbsp. pear preserves.

  2. Place arugula in a large serving bowl. Top with pears, blue cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle with vinaigrette.