Bibb Lettuce Salad with Gorgonzola and Fresh Pear Dressing

Bibb Lettuce Salad with Gorgonzola and Fresh Pear Dressing

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  • 3

    large ripe pears, divided

  • ½

    granulated sugar

  • ½

    tsp fresh tarragon or scant (¼ tsp dried)

  • 1-2

    tbsp cider vinegar

  • tbsp lemon juice

  • 2-3

    heads Bibb lettuce, rinsed and dried

  • 4

    oz (1 cup) crumbled Gorgonzola or bleu cheese


Peel, core and chop 1 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. Remove from heat and cool. Pour pear and liquid into blender and blend until smooth. Add part of the vinegar and lemon juice. 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 and 2-3 tbsp Gorgonzola. Drizzle with 2 tbsp dressing. Serve immediately.


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