Sweet, juicy pears partner with tangy blue cheese in this delightful cold-weather salad, full of flavor and texture. Homemade croutons and toasted hazelnuts give it lots of crunch. To make this salad ahead of time, prepare all ingredients separately and toss together just before serving.
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, such as Stilton or Rogue River Blue cheese
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spread hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until lightly golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Wrap nuts in a clean dish towel and rub together to remove skins. Set aside until cool enough to handle, and then chop nuts. To make croutons, toss bread cubes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Toast until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a thin steady stream, whisking constantly until combined. Add greens, pears, blue cheese and hazelnuts and toss until evenly coated. Toss in the croutons and serve immediately.
Per Serving:270 calories (150 from fat), 17g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 400mg sodium, 23g carbohydrates, (4 g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 7g protein.
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