Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

Juicy pears are roasted with bourbon and brown sugar then combined with leafy greens, blue cheese and sweet, crunchy candied walnuts for the most memorable salad ever.  Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts is dressed with a light and tangy apple cider vinaigrette, perfect for the holiday season.

I’m not a big salad eater.  I want to be…I want to be that person that cooly shuns a big, juicy burger blanketed with melty cheese on a big, soft bun for a bowl of raw veggies.  I do…I really do…but I like big flavor.  I like to take a bite of my breakfast, lunch and dinner…and hear my tastebuds sing.  Not me…I won’t sing, so don’t worry if you’re eating with me…I won’t burst out into song.  Especially if I order a salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 Royal Riviera Pears, cut in half and cored (You can use Bosc or Bartlett pears, as well)
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 16 ounces spring mix
  • 1 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 cup candied walnuts
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Read the whole recipe on The Suburban Soapbox