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Jun 1, 2007 04:12 PM

Dressing to Compliment Pear & Gorgonzola Salad?

I have a birthday dinner to prepare tomorrow and my husband just informed me he would like pear and gorgonzola in the salad. Because he's the birthday boy I will provide. Do any of you 'hounders have suggestions on a dressing recipe that would compliment this lovely combination? Thank you in advance! :)

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  1. I make a salad much like this, and I feel that especially with a strong flavor like Gorgonzola, the dressing should be light- more to "wet" the greens than anything. I make a Walnut oil and Champagne Vinegar dressing that doesn't overpower the pear, or compete with the Gorg. I eyeball it, but the ratio is probably 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, shaken aand tossed with the greens, then plated- the pear and gorg on top.

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    1. re: cheesemonger

      It's even better when you roast the pears in a 500* oven for about 10 minutes on each side, then add any pear juices that have rendered out to the champagne vinaigrette ;-)

    2. and of course, a little salt and black pepper in the dressing...

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      1. re: cheesemonger

        for a similar salad, I use sherry vinegar, a dab of dijon mustard, and a bit of minced shallot. Sometimes raspberry vinegar.

        1. re: cocktailhour

          I also use sherry vinegar, mustard, shallots and like the dressing a touch sweet so add a little honey.

      2. I might try the walnut oil and some golden balsamic vinegar which has a nice sweetness but is also plenty tart. Or maybe hazelnut oil and few toasted hazelnuts sprinkled on top?

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        1. re: Procrastibaker

          Try pear balsamic vinegar, a touch of mustard, and the oil of your choice.

          1. re: Procrastibaker

            I agree... I also have a wonderful Pear Vinegar which would be divine in this salad...


          2. Like the balsamic suggestion -- another way to go would be a simple lime-olive oil dressing forgoing vinegar.

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            1. re: bite bite

              Good idea. I use meyer lemon juice and olive oil

            2. How about walnut oil, honey and a little really good quality balsamic?