Poached pear salad with maple Mustard Dressing

Poached pear salad with maple Mustard Dressing

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pears, cored and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 to 6 ounces spring mix lettuce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted

Maple Mustard Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup walnut oil or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place 1/4 cup maple syrup and water in a small to medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add pears cut side up and simmer about 3 minutes or until just tender. Remove pears from pan. Let cool a bit and slice pears. Add all dressing ingredients to a jar with a lid and shake well. Dressing can be made up to a few days ahead. To assemble the salad toss spring mix with some of the dressing. Top salad with pear slices, walnuts and cheese.

NOTES:
Extra dressing keeps in the fridge for about a week. Shake well before using.

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