Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pears & Salad Greens

Topped with slices of blue cheese stuffed-pear, this salad is incredibly beautiful.

Ingredients:
2 ripe but firm pears, washed
½ cup crumbled Westward blue cheese
Spicy salad mix and red butter lettuce greens
½ cup dried cranberries
Fresh ground pepper

For dressing:
¾ cup high-quality olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove of garlic, minced
Fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl. Taste for seasoning and add more pepper as desired.

2. Wash each pear and remove the stems. Then, using either an apple corer or sharp paring knife, hollow out the center of each pear by inserting your tool into the top of the fruit and pushing down in a circular motion, hollowing out the flesh and seeds, until you’ve reached the bottom. Pack blue cheese crumbles into the cavity, keeping one hand on the bottom of the pear to prevent the cheese from slipping out. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

2. Place a generous portion of salad greens in a serving bowl. Take each pear and slice into ¼-inch slices, revealing the blue cheese center. Place pear rounds on top of greens, drizzle with the vinaigrette and top with dried cranberries.

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