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Mixed Green Salad with Pears, Hazelnuts, Blue Cheese and Homemade Croutons

Serves 6
Time 45 min
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.
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 baguette cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (5-ounce) package mixed baby greens (about 3 cups)
  • 2 Bartlett pears cored and cut into thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, such as Stilton or Rogue River Blue cheese
Method

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.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 baguette cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (5-ounce) package mixed baby greens (about 3 cups)
  • 2 Bartlett pears cored and cut into thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, such as Stilton or Rogue River Blue cheese