Does your holiday party really need another calorie-dense casserole? Try this fall salad idea from local produce delivery company Nature’s Garden Express. This easy dish features cranberries, blue cheese and roasted pears with dashes of cinnamon and brown sugar. With a prep time of just a few minutes, this salad lets you enjoy the tastes of the season in a healthy way.
2 d’anjou pears, cut from core and thinly sliced
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 head red oak lettuce, washed and chopped
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup pecan halves, roughly chopped
½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
¼ to ½ cup white balsamic vinaigrette, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pears in a mixing bowl, add butter and toss to coat. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and toss again to coat evenly. Place pears on a parchment-lined sheet tray and roast for 7 to 10 minutes, until pears are soft but still have a little bite. Remove from oven and allow to cool. These can be stored in refrigerator for 5 days.
In a mixing bowl, toss the lettuce with vinaigrette, half of the pears, and ¼ cup each of the pecans, cranberries and cheese. Place salad into bowls and garnish with the remaining pears, pecans, cranberries and blue cheese.
–Courtesy of Nature’s Garden Express, www.naturesgardenexpress.com