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Hearts of Romaine with Sauteed Walla Walla Sweet Onions, Bartlett Pears, and Gorgonzola Dressing

Gorgonzola Salad

Though I’ve never really been a fan of veiny cheeses, this salad is really fantastic.  So many flavors going on–sweet pears, tart cranberries, toasty pecans, warm sauteed onions–and the dressing?  Oh man.  So good.  I just look for excuses to scoop it up and eat it.  It’s got great bite and is delicious with this salad, though I’m also reeeeeally looking forward to trying it out with my buffalo fried chicken.  And again, this is coming from someone who does not typically like veiny cheese, never mind a blue cheese dressing.  Oh!  You’ll also love that as rich as this dressing tastes, it only has 40 calories per serving!

Hearts of Romaine with Sauteed Walla Walla Sweet Onions, Bartlett Pears, and Gorgonzola Dressing
Serves 4

Ingredients

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large Walla Walla sweet onion
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 hearts of romaine, washed and torn (6 to 8 cups)
1 Bartlett pear, sliced thin
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup toasted pecans
1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola

1 recipe Gorgonzola Dressing (follows)

Begin by heating the oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the sliced onion and begin to sauté.  As the onion cooks, stir with a wooden spoon and regulate your temperature to prevent burning.  Once soft and browned throughout, remove them from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

As the onions are cooking, grab a large serving bowl and combine the romaine, sliced pear, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and Gorgonzola crumbles.  Once the onions have cooled just slightly, add these as well and give your salad a good toss.  Serve with the Gorgonzola dressing and enjoy!

 Nutrition information per serving (¼ salad with ¼ cup Gorgonzola Dressing): 300 calories, 19 g total fat, 6 g saturated fat, 26 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 10 g protein

Gorgonzola Dressing
Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

¼ cup Best Foods Light Mayonnaise
¼ cup Fage 2% Greek yogurt
¼ cup reduced-fat buttermilk
3 tablespoons Gorgonzola crumbles
1 garlic clove, minced
Good pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper

Gently fold together all ingredients in a small bowl.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition information per serving (2 tablespoons): 40 calories, 3 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 2 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 2 g protein

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One thought on “Hearts of Romaine with Sauteed Walla Walla Sweet Onions, Bartlett Pears, and Gorgonzola Dressing

  1. Good one.want to try this…….

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