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!

Photo by Jo Ellen T.
Adapted from marzetti.com

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

55

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

55

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Adapted from marzetti.com

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Dressing: Mix 3/4 cup Marzetti® . Cook over low heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside. Stuffing: 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. Pears: 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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