Best Salad Ever! (Glazed Pear & Candied Walnut Salad) I usually make this for my whole family, but feel free to monkey with the ingredients to make it uniquely yours!
- 1 head butter lettuce, washed & torn
- 1 head romaine lettuce, washed & torn
- 3 med bartlett pears, not too soft
- 3tbs sugar
- 1/4C candied walnuts
- 1/4C crumbled blue or Gorgonzola cheese
- 1/4C craisens
- 1/4C croutons
- 1/2C olives
Slice pears into wedges and toss with sugar in a bowl. Pre-heat skillet and let pears sit while preparing other ingredients, e.g. washing/tearing lettuce etc. Toss the salad and place into bowls. Place the sliced pears in the hot skillet. Caramelize each side for approximately 3-5min per side, but DO NOT overcook the pears because they will become mushy. Be careful of over-filling the pan because you will steam, not caramelize the pears. As the pears are finished, take them out and set them on top of the salad in the bowls, creating a star shape on top. Super pretty and yummy to boot. I don’t use dressing, but if you like, you can top with a simple Italian or even blue cheese dressing.