Over the summer, Dusty and I ate at some "fancy" restaurants. You know, the kind of places where they don't have kiddie menus or crayons or color sheets. On one of our trips. we went to RDG Bar Annie with my mom, my brother and my sister. One of the dishes in the four course meal we enjoyed was a pear, endive, and blue cheese salad. I did not like blue cheese at all before this salad but I stepped out of my comfort zone and I was truly surprised. I loved the creamy texture and tang of the blue cheese. That combined with the sweet crunchy pear and delicious salad greens, and I was in heaven. Salads at my house up until this past week have been pretty boring. Salad greens, grated cheddar cheese, bagged croutons, and bottled salad dressing. With this salad, I'm kicking up the bar a bit. :) And I invite you to take a step out of your comfort zone and try a new salad this week!
Ingredients: (enough for 2 nice sized side-salads)
5 cups of mixed spring greens
2 Tbls. italian dressing
1/2 pear, peeled, cored, and diced
2 Tbls. chopped walnuts
2 Tbls. blue cheese
- Toss mixed greens with Italian dressing in a bowl. Divide between two plates
- Peel pear. Cut in half (reserve remaining half for another salad). Dice pear into small pieces. Sprinkle pear pieces on top of mixed greens.
- Sprinkle walnuts and blue cheese on top of pears and mixed greens.
- Abandon blue cheese fears and dig in!!!