Saturday, July 02, 2005

Mixed Salad with Vanilla-Pear Vinaigrette and Toasted Walnuts

Mixed Salad with Vanilla-Pear Vinaigrette and Toasted Walnuts(Adapted from CL)

1 cup vertically sliced red onion
2 (10-ounce) packages Mediterranean-style salad
2/3 cup Vanilla-Pear Vinaigrette (see below)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

To prepare salad, combine onion and lettuce mix in a large bowl. Add Vanilla-Pear Vinaigrette, and toss well. Sprinkle with walnuts.

Vanilla-Pear Vinaigrette(Adapted from CL)

1 15-ounce) can pear halves in juice, undrained
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Drain pears, reserving 1/2 cup pear juice. Combine pears, 1/3 cup (out of the reserved 1/2 cup) pear juice, vinegar, and remaining ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add some of the reserved pear juice.

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