{38 Power Foods} Mesclun Salad with Pears and Blue Cheese

      
Mesclun with pears and blue cheese

Mesclun with Pears and Blue Cheese

Sliced autumn pears and mesclun greens tossed with pear Dijon dressing topped with crunchy toasted walnuts and crumbled gorgonzola cheese. All I can say is YUM! I love a salad that’s as great tasting as it is good-for-you and this simple classic combination really delivers.  It’s easy, healthy and delicious.

At this time of year, my mind typically goes straight to apples. But thanks to my participation with a group of bloggers working its way through Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients (by Martha Stewart and the editors of  Whole Living Magazine) I was reminded pear season and apple season coincide, so, now is a perfect time to enjoy them too.

Soft and sweet, pears are low in calories and packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, making them a healthy and delicious addition to your diet.

I used a recipe for mesclun with pears and blue cheese from my Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook as the starting point for this salad, making a few modifications based on what was available (which I’ve noted in the recipe) with great results.

Enjoy!

Mesclun with pears and blue cheese

Mesclun with pears and blue cheese

Mesclun with Pears and Blue Cheese Recipe
 
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This simple salad of mixed greens, sliced pears, crumbled blue cheese and toasted walnuts is an all-time favorite
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 10 cups mesclun (mixed baby greens) or torn romaine
  • 3 medium red and/or green pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup pear nectar (I used baby pureed pear baby food instead)
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil or salad oil (I used olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • ½ cup broken walnuts, toasted
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese (I used gorgonzola)
Instructions
  1. In a large salad bowl place add the mesclun and pear slices and toss them gently to combine.
  2. To make the dressing, in a screw-top jar combine the pear nectar, oil, vinegar, mustard, ginger, and pepper. Taste the dressing and if it seems to tart, add the optional honey.
  3. Cover and shake well. Drizzle over the salad and toss lightly to coat.
  4. Divide the salad evenly among 8 salad plates. Sprinkle each serving with the toasted walnuts and crumbled blue cheese.
Martha’s Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/8th): 152 calories, 11 g fat, 13 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value (PPV) To fancy it up, use candied nuts instead of plain toasted walnuts.

 

Be sure to check out what these other participating bloggers have cooked up with pears. (If you are interested in joining us, contact Mireya at My Healthy Eating Habits. We’d love to have you join us.)

Sources

Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook
Mother Earth Living
The World’s Healthiest Foods

More Weight Watcher’s Friendly Pear Recipes

Avocado Pear Smoothie
Crockpot Apple & Pear Fruit Compote (Everyday Maven)
Healthy Roasted Pears Snack (Snack Girl)
Breakfast Bulgur with Pears (Weight Watchers)
Glazed Pear Muffins (Weight Watchers)
Cranberry Pear Sauce (SkinnyTaste)
Prosciutto and Pear Stuffing (Laaloosh)
Autumn Salad with Pears & Gorgonzola (SkinnyTaste)

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  1. says

    I love a pear and cheese combination. Growing up, pears were something you ate when you could not find the exotic fruits like mangoes and bananas in the store. Yes I lived at a place where bananas were exotic :))

    Love your salad dressing!

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