Arugula-Pear-Blue Cheese Salad
Serves 8. Recipe is from “Christmas All Through the South: Joyful Memories, Timeless Moments, Enduring Traditions” by the editors of Southern Living (Oxmoor House, 2014).
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pear preserves
1/2 cup Champagne vinegar
1 shallot, sliced
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper’
1/2 cup olive oil
8 cups loosely packed arugula
2 Bartlett pears, cut into 6 wedges each
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1. Process 1/4 cup preserves and next 5 ingredients in a food processor 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth. With processor running , pour oil through food chute in a slow, steady stream, processing until smooth. Transfer to a 2-cup measuring cup or small bowl, and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons pear preserves.
2. Place agugula in a large serving bowl. Top with pears, blue cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle with vinaigrette.