Monday, December 21, 2009

Pear, Chicken and Blue Cheese Salad

So, I had some veggies left in my organics box before Thanksgiving and I wanted to make myself a light dinner.  I realize how counter-intuitive it is to follow that statement with a pat of butter melting in a pan, but whatever....moderation.


 

I had some red and green leaf lettuce, a bartlett pear, leftover cooked chicken breast, and blue cheese.   I wanted the pear to be warm, so I sliced the pear thin and sauteed it in the frying pan until it was just starting to carmelize. 



While the pear was cooking, I cut the leftover chicken into bite-sized pieces.  I washed my lettuce and arranged it on the plate with the chicken.  I sprinkled the salad with a bit of crumbled blue cheese.

 

As the pears began to brown at the edges, I grabbed my handy kitchen tongs and flipped each slice over so it would cook on the other side.  Then I started to work on my dressing.



I used 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard, a tablespoon of honey and whisked them together.  I added a tablespoon of olive oil and continued whisking.  A dash of salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and some vegetable stock thinned the mixture and created a delicious dressing.



I topped the salad with the pears, drizzled the dressing over the plate, and enjoyed my fast and healthy dinner.

3 comments:

  1. wow, what a creative and delicious dinner! impressive!

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  2. Great salad! I like the idea of warming the pear. Hope you had a great holiday! Let's make plans after New Year's!

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  3. Your salad sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

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