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Asian Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Asian Pear and Blue Cheese Salad
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Prep Time: 0 min Serves: 3
Cooking Time: 0 min Yield: 3 Servings
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This salad is more than just a crowd-pleaser, it’s loaded with immune-boosting antioxidants from the pecans, contains calcium and vitamin A from the blue cheese, and is a good source of fiber, says Kara Ellis, a clinical dietitian and nutrition expert in Hartford, CT. The red leaf lettuce is packed with vitamins C and K, folate, iron, and potassium. Plus,it’s just so yummy!




For the salad:

1 large head of red leaf lettuce
1/2 cup reduced-fat blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pecans, halves and whole pieces
1 1/2 large Asian (or Bosc) pears cut into pieces
1 small-medium red onion

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil (or canola oil)
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 large garlic cloves, diced


Wash and dry lettuce well. Chop and place in large salad bowl. Finely chop garlic. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, Dijon mustard, chopped garlic, and redwine vinegar. Chop red onion and Asian pears and place in bowl with lettuce. On medium/high heat, roast pecans in saucepan (be sure to stir or mix to prevent burning). You will smell the nuts beginning to roast. Roast pecans for approximately 8 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides. Remove fromheat and let cool. Add cooled pecans and crumbled blue cheese to salad. Adddressing, toss to coat, and enjoy!

Makes 3 servings

Per serving (3 entrée-sized salads): 265 calories, 16g fat, 4g saturated fat, 20g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 377mg sodium, 5g protein


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