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Saturday, October 06 2012

Peppery arugula teams up with creamy Gorgonzola and sweet pears for a beautiful start to a stylish dinner party. Hint: Be sure to cook the pancetta or bacon till crispy.


Arugula and Pear Salad
Recipe from 
Servings: Makes 6 side-dish servings.
Total Time: 25 mins
    1/4  cup  olive oil
     tablespoons  balsamic vinegar
    1/4  teaspoon  salt
     ounces  pancetta or 3 slices bacon, cut into bite-size pieces
     medium  firm, ripe pears (such as Anjou or Bosc), cored and thinly sliced
     5-ounce package  arugula or baby arugula (about 7 cups)
       very thin slices red onion, separated into rings
    1/4  cup  pine nuts, toasted
     ounce  Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
        Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
For dressing, in a screw-top jar, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt. Cover and shake well. Set aside.
In a large skillet, cook pancetta or bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove from skillet; drain on paper towels. Set aside. Add pear slices to drippings in skillet; cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned and tender, stirring occasionally. Keep warm.
In a very large bowl, combine arugula, onion slices, and dressing. Gently toss to coat with dressing.
Divide arugula mixture among six salad plates. Arrange pears on top. Sprinkle with pancetta, pine nuts, and Gorgonzola cheese. If desired, sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Makes 6 side-dish servings.
nutrition information
Per serving: Calories 215, Total Fat 17 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Cholesterol 11 mg, Sodium 343 mg, Carbohydrate 12 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 4 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 7%, Iron 5%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet 
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