Dijon Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

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After a long and cold winter like the one we had, it’s refreshing to start trying fresh new things – like his Dijon Pear Salad. With temperatures rising and snow turning to rain, we’re happy to see that spring is in the air too: flowers are blooming, patios are being opened, cottages are being cleaned and summer is just around the corner.

This salad combines the sweetness of maple syrup with the sourness of Dijon mustard; a crisp fresh green mix with the soft texture of pears.

Wait, did I just say summer? I haven’t had time to work on my New Years’ resolutions!   I will be healthier this summer, and I want to feel good in that swimsuit. Now is the perfect time to start.

Help is on the way

Don’t worry, we are here to help you freshen up your dinner table. During the month of May we’ll be posting some delicious salads to help you look and feel better this summer.

Salads should be fun to cook and eat, combining different elements like the sweetness of maple syrup with the sourness of Dijon mustard; a crisp fresh green mix with the soft texture of pears. Eating your veggies shouldn’t make you feel like a cow or a rabbit.

rabbit eating lettuce

If only we were all this enthusiastic about lettuce.

The good thing about this salad is that it works out well as an stand alone meal, as a side dish or even as a delicious sandwich using a no-knead bread or multi-grain no knead bread loaf. You can eat it hot or cold. I prefer to serve it hot.

Start with caramelized onions…

This salad combines the sweetness of maple syrup with the sourness of Dijon mustard; a crisp fresh green mix with the soft texture of pears.

…then lightly sautée apples and pears with honey and Dijon mustard.

This salad combines the sweetness of maple syrup with the sourness of Dijon mustard; a crisp fresh green mix with the soft texture of pears.

Load up on some crisp mixed greens, and top with warm sweet onions and Dijon-fried apples and pears.  Sprinkle blue cheese on top and let it soften with the heat from the fruit.

This salad combines the sweetness of maple syrup with the sourness of Dijon mustard; a crisp fresh green mix with the soft texture of pears.

You can always store this salad in the fridge for a few days but it’s much better fresh. The apple and pear will oxidize after two days on the fridge, and the green mix will loose their crispness from the heat of the fruit and onions. It’s just not the same.

This salad combines the sweetness of maple syrup with the sourness of Dijon mustard; a crisp fresh green mix with the soft texture of pears.

Dijon Pear and Blue Cheese Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ sliced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 pear
  • 1 apple
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 tbsp blue cheese
  • 1 tbsp walnuts
Instructions
  1. Slice the onion into julienne. Add ½ tbsp of olive oil into a frying pan at medium-low temperature and let the onions simmer until they go transparent.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey to the pan, lower the temperature and wait until it darkens and the syrup caramelizes.
  3. Remove from heat.
Notes
Use two slices of multi-grain whole wheat bread if you want to incorporate carbs into this salad. You can even make a great vegetarian sandwich out of this.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 222 Fat: 7g Saturated fat: 1g Unsaturated fat: 5g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 41g Sugar: 29g Sodium: 253mg Fiber: 8g Protein: 4g Cholesterol: 3mg

 


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Hector is an Ironman triathlete, photographer and web designer who loves creating healthy meals and sharing his fitness and culinary adventures on social media. He’s also a bit of a cookie monster, and has a tendency to help Kim’s baking disappear (for quality assurance purposes, of course!).

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