Healthy Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad

This Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad is a light and healthy side dish that pairs well with any meal. It has only 4-ingredients and is perfect served with your favorite raspberry vinaigrette. Add cranberries or pomegranate arils for a festive holiday touch.

Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad | 2 Cookin Mamas This Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad is a light and healthy side dish that pairs well with any meal. It has only 4-ingredients and is perfect served with your favorite raspberry vinaigrette. Add cranberries for a festive holiday touch. #salad #healthy #pears #walnuts #gorgonzola #sidedish #recipe

Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad

First off, I love pears! Who wouldn’t love these sweet, juicy and versatile  fruits? I think they rank right behind apples with what you can make with them. I love to carry them for lunches, have one as an afternoon snack or bake up in a crumble, upside down cake or tart.

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Not too long ago I was served a Pear Salad at an Italian restaurant. I hadn’t really thought of having pears any other way, other than as a delicious piece of fruit. But, let me tell you, that salad really changed my mind. It was full of greens, tossed with fresh juicy pears, crunchy walnuts and a touch of gorgonzola cheese. They served it with a very light raspberry vinaigrette but my light lemony vinaigrette works just as well.

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This salad is a perfect example of how you can make a healthy side dish with pears. They are a wonderfully nutritious fruit, low in calories and deliciously tasty. Just look at what pears and walnuts bring to this salad.

  • Pears are packed with high levels of fiber, which can protect against colon cancer, as well as antioxidants and phyto-nutrients that contain strong anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer fighting properties. They are also low in calories and contain good quantities of Vitamin C, B-complex, copper, iron, potassium, manganese and magnesium.
  • Walnuts really up the nutrition and health level of this salad. Just 1/4 cup provides 100% RDA of omega-3 fats which combat free radicals in the body, reduce risk of prostate cancer, support heart and brain health and have anti-inflammatory properties as well. 

Make this Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad more seasonal by adding fresh cranberries.

Why not try this salad for the holidays with the addition of either cranberries or pomegranate arils. There’s nothing like bright red and greens to make the holiday table more festive.

Enjoy!

Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad is a light and healthy side dish that pairs well with any meal. It has only 4-ingredients and is perfect served with your favorite raspberry vinaigrette. Add cranberries or pomegranate arils for a festive holiday touch.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keywords: gorgonzola salad, Pear salad, pear walnut salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 314 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Spring greens
  • 2 pears cored & thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or to your liking
  • 4-6 oz. Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries optional
  • Your favorite raspberry or lemon vinaigrette see recipe in notes below
  • 1/4 cup cranberries or pomegranate arils optional
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix all the above ingredients. Do not peel pears as you will lose 1/2 the fiber and 3-4X  the phyto nutrients without the skin.
  2. Adding cranberries or pomegranate arils are optional but does make the salad look very festive for the holidays.

  3. Toss with your favorite vinaigrette.

Recipe Notes

For lemon vinaigrette, mix the following in a small sealable jar:  2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons extra virgin light olive oil, 1/4 cup light vinegar such as a rice wine vinegar then season with salt and pepper to taste. Shake and serve on side.

Nutrition Facts
Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 426mg 18%
Potassium 435mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 19g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 30.5%
Vitamin C 37.5%
Calcium 18.7%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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This Pear Walnut Gorgonzola Salad is a light and healthy side dish that pairs well with any meal. It has only 4-ingredients and is perfect served with your favorite raspberry vinaigrette. Add cranberries for a festive holiday touch. #salad #healthy #pears #walnuts #gorgonzola #sidedish #recipe

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