Simply Healthy Family: Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Winter Citrus Vinaigrette and a $100 Giveaway from Lucerne

7.1.15

Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Winter Citrus Vinaigrette and a $100 Giveaway from Lucerne





























So here we are.  It's that time of year where some of us  (I won't mention any names.... sniff sniff) are feeling a little full around the midsection. Which means many of us (sighhh)  will be looking to lighten up our grazing habits a wee bit.



I for one can not zip up my favorite skinny jeans and just received a very unsettling photo that I was tagged in on Facebook where I resembled the Marshmallow State Puff Man a little to closely.


Un. cool.






Soooo,  no more cheese platters and potlucks,  goodbye to the chocolate covered whatevers and off with the pastries and ham  OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!  and onto the salads, veggie soups and green smoothies. Who's with me!?







I know this is a pretty  common  classic salad but it's one of my very favorites, I mean it's a classic for a reason right? I always forget just how delicious it is until I take that first bite and roll my eyes towards the back of my head. Yeah, it's that good.



These cute little  Forelle pears are so crisp and sweet and pair perfectly with Gorgonzola's salty, nutty and sharp flavor. Gorgonzola is similar to blu cheese but a bit creamier, and doesn't have quite the sharp 'bite' to it as blue cheese. It is one of the world's oldest blue-veined cheeses. The Cheese is mainly produced in the northern Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy, Gorgonzola. I love it for crumbling on salads but also melting on top of potato soup, on pizza and on top of grilled fruit. 



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Salad      

SERVES    4

3 cups baby herb salad (or your favorite mix)

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (toasted for more flavor)

2 Forelle Pears sliced thinly, stems removed (or pear of your choice)

1/4 cup golden raisins (or dried fruit you have on hand)

1/3 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled



Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing

MAKES 1½ CUPS



  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper



Toss all ingredients for salad in a large salad bowl. In a small bowl whisk together all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Lightly toss the vinaigrette on the salad and toss to coat.
















Gorgonzola Goodness from around the web.




Pear Gorgonzola Grilled Cheese from House of Yum





Gorgonzola Cheese Cups with Pear & Hazelnut Green Salad from Cookin Canuck








Mushroom and Kale Lasagna Roll Ups with Creamy Gorgonzola Cauliflower Sauce from














Safeway and Lucerne Dairy are offering a $100 giveaway to one lucky 
Simply Healthy Family reader! Enter below and explore all of the many Lucerne cheeses, yogurts and other dairy products at Safeway!









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16 comments:

  1. I love feta with chicken, spinach, and strawberries. That pear salad is GORGEOUS. I'm going to have to make this very soon.

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  2. YUM! This is such a beautiful salad - I must make it in 2015!

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  3. I wish I could have this for the lunch! It is so FRESH and awesome.

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  4. My favorite cheese is halloumi, but it's so hard for me to get (not sold locally). The cheese I use most is paremesan.

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  10. I'm with you Gwen! I'm feeling very much in the same boat as you after the Holidays - your salad looks and sounds so delicious and refreshing, lovely combination of flavors - YUM!

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  11. I love the idea of the grilled cheese! Add it to my must make list!

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  12. My favorite cheese is gouda - shaunie

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  13. My favorite cheese is sharp cheddar.

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  14. I am not seeing my original comment, so I'm doing it again. Favorite cheese is a good smoked gouda. Thanks

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  15. I love parmesan, use it to make crisps

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  16. I definitely overdid the cookies over the holidays (and heck, I'm STILL overdoing the cookies). My body needs this great salad. Oh, and some really sharp cheddar. 'Cause you know, the cookies weren't enough ;)

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