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Roasted Pear Salad


This Roasted Pear Salad is a great way to start off the perfect meal. Roasted pears sitting in a bed of butter lettuce are filled with toasted pecans, cherries, blue cheese and topped off with a drizzling of lightly sweetened Balsamic Vinaigrette. Yum!

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  • 1 cup, divided Marzetti® Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Marzetti® Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing. to taste
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 4 ounces blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 3 firm pears
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 ounces butter lettuce


Servings 6
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 55mins
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.


Mix 3/4 cup Marzetti® . Cook over low heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.


Place pecans in a skillet, toast over medium heat (watch carefully as they burn easily). Set aside.

Mix cherries with toasted pecans and blue cheese and set aside.


Slice pears in half lengthwise, remove cores from pears to create a hole for filling. Trim a slice from bottom of each pear half to allow them to sit upright in the baking dish. Place pears-- hole side up--in a baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice. Spoon filling into center of pears. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Marzetti® Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing over each pear and pour remaining dressing around pears.

Bake uncovered until tender, (about 30 minutes); basting 3 or 4 times during baking time. To assemble: clean and tear lettuce into bite size pieces and toss with remaining Marzetti® Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing. Arrange lettuce on salad plates; place a pear in center of each plate, spoon pan drippings over top of each pear. Drizzle desired amount of Marzetti® Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing over each salad.

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