Bibb Lettuce Salad with Gorgonzola and Fresh Pear Dressing

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Bibb Lettuce Salad with Gorgonzola and Fresh Pear Dressing

Fresh pears are the star of this salad, a favorite menu item from the Heartline Café in Sedona, Arizona. In this creative showcase, aromatic Bartlett pears are pureed into a sweet-tart dressing as well as tossed in with buttery Bibb lettuce. Crumbled Gorgonzola is a nice complement to sweet pears.

Ingredients

3 large ripe Comice Pears, divided use
1/3 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon fresh tarragon or scant ¼ teaspoon dried
1 - 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
2 - 3 heads Bibb lettuce, rinsed and dried
4 ounces (1 cup) crumbed Gorgonzola or blue cheese

 

Directions

  1. Peel, core, and chop one pear. Place pear, ? cup water, sugar, and tarragon in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until pear pieces are soft, about 5 minutes. Do not let all the water evaporate. Let pear and liquid cool.
  2. Once cool, pour pear and liquid into a blender and blend until smooth. Add vinegar and lemon juice to taste, adding a little water if needed to thin. Chill.
  3. Core and slice remaining 2 pears. Arrange lettuce leaves on a salad plates and top each plate with pear slices, 2 tablespoons Gorgonzola, and 2 tablespoons dressing.

prep time: 25 minutes 

yield: Serves 6