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Gorgonzola Pear Salad With Candied Pecans

Gorgonzola pear salad with candied pecans is a meal in itself. This is a family favorite recipe.

Author: Kami - NoBiggie.net
Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 head red leaf or green leaf lettuce preferably red leaf if it's available, chopped, rinsed and dried
  • 3-4 pears sliced and peeled - optional
  • 1 package gorgonzola crumbles
  • 1 avocado peeled and sliced
  • 1 purple onion sliced thin
  • 1 package pecan pieces
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Salad Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced (or garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Start by making the toasted candied pecans: place the pecans in a hot pan on high heat (no liquid). You have to stay with them, constantly turning them around. Once you start to smell the pecans (the aroma is amazing) you can turn the heat off, but leave the pan on the hot burner. Now add the 1/4 cup sugar. Constantly stirring once again. Watch the sugar turn to a liquid state and toss the pecans all around in the syrupy goodness, until they're all coated. Then remove them from the hot pan to let them cool. Keep them at room temp and add them into the salad at the very end, just right before tossing the salad all together.
  2. Prep all the fruits and vegetables: peel and slice the pears, avocado and onion. Chop, wash and dry the red leaf lettuce. 
  3. Right before serving toss all prepped ingredients together, give the homemade dressing a good shake to mix it up and toss the salad with dressing. Serve.