Tuesday, December 27, 2011

After Christmas Salad

i hope you all had a wonderful christmas weekend! it was good to relax and take a break from blogging, but it's also good to be back.

i don't know about you, but after a couple weeks for cookies, carbs, parties, and libations i am ready for a couple of vegetables. thus, the after christmas salad was born.

i basically just used what i had laying around the house - crisp romaine, juicy pears, crunchy walnuts, and creamy gorgonzola cheese. a quick homemade balsamic vinaigrette later and the greens are suitable for consumption.

toss togther, eat, repeat. i have a feeling that will be three important steps to get me back to normal this week.

After Christmas Salad (also known as Pear and Gorgonzola Salad)
serves 2

1 heart of romaine
1 ripe pear
1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola
1/4 cup toasted walnuts

wash and chop romaine - i like to chop mine into very small bite-sized pieces, almost shredded.  toss lettuce with balsamic vinaigrette. divide romaine onto two plates. wash and cut pear into bite-sized pieces. top each salad with half the chopped pear and sprinkle each salad with half the gorgonzola and half the walnuts.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbs dijon mustard
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp honey

combine all ingredients in container with tight fitting lid (a mason jar works beautifully).  shake vigorously. keep remainder in fridge. will last about a month if refrigerated.

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