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Bibb Lettuce Salad with Gorgonzola and Fresh Pear Dressing

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 25 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Total: 30 min.
Aromatic Bartlett pears are pureed into a sweet-tart dressing and crumbled Gorgonzola adds the perfect complement.


  • 3 large ripe Bartlett pears, divided use
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh tarragon or scant 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1-2 Tbs cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2-3 heads Bibb lettuce, rinsed and dried
  • 4 oz (1 cup) crumbed Gorgonzola or blue cheese


  • Peel, core, and chop one pear. Place pear, 1/3 cup water, sugar, and tarragon in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until pear pieces are soft, about 5 minutes depending on ripeness of pear. Do not let all the water evaporate. There should be about 7/8 cup pear and liquid. Cool.
  • Pour pear and liquid into a blender and blend until smooth. Add part of the vinegar and lemon juice to taste. Taste and adjust sugar and acid to make a sweet-tart dressing, adding a little water if needed to thin. Refrigerate until cold.
  • Core and thinly slice remaining 2 pears. For each serving arrange 3-4 lettuce leaves on a salad plate. Top with 1/3 of a sliced pear, 2-3 tablespoons Gorgonzola and drizzle with 2 tablespoons dressing. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 180
  Calories from Fat 52 (29%)
(10%)Total Fat 6g
(20%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(6%)Cholesterol 17mg
(11%)Sodium 267mg
(8%)Potassium 265mg
Total Carbohydrate 30g
(15%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 22g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(10%)Protein 5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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