Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

The ultimate fall salad, Bourbon Roasted Pears are tossed with greens, gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts. So amazing.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pear salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 384 kcal
Author: Kellie
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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat. Season the cut side of the pears with salt and pepper. Place the pears in the skillet cut side down and cook for about 2 minutes or until they are browned. Sprinkle the pears with the brown sugar and add the bourbon to the pan to deglaze. Turn the pears over and transfer the skillet to the oven. Roast the pears for about 10 minutes or until the pears are soft enough to pierce easily with a fork. Transfer the pears to a plate until cool enough to handle. The pears can be made up to 24 hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
  3. Cut the pears in half again (so, the whole pear is now quartered.) Place the greens in a large salad bowl. Top the greens with the pears, gorgonzola, walnuts and pomegranate.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, apple cider, garlic, shallot, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil until thoroughly combined. Top the salad with 1/2 the dressing and serve immediately with the remaining dressing on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 774mg34%
Potassium 388mg11%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1145IU23%
Vitamin C 26.2mg32%
Calcium 136mg14%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.