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Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts

This green salad is such an easy and tasty recipe for the holidays. With maple candied walnuts, a quick and easy vinaigrette and a good amount of gorgonzola cheese, it's healthy and delicious. 

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Gorgonzola, Pear, Walnuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 323 kcal
Author Katie Trant


Maple Candied Walnuts

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces


  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pear Gorgonzola Salad

  • 5 oz mixed salad greens
  • 1 large pear thinly sliced
  • 2 oz picante gorgonzola cheese crumbled
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Maple Candied Walnuts

  1. Melt the butter over medium-low heat, then whisk in the maple syrup. 

  2. Add the walnuts and let 'em cook, stir often, until the maple syrup has caramelized on the walnuts. This should take about 3 to 4 minutes. 

  3. Remove from the heat and set aside.


  1. Combine the Dijon, balsamic, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a glass jar with a lid. Shake the heck out of it until the ingredients are well combined. 

  2. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Pear Gorgonzola Salad

  1. Put your salad greens into a serving bowl. 

  2. Slice the pear and distribute over the top. 

  3. Crumble the Gorgonzola and scatter across the salad. 

  4. Add the cooled, candied walnuts. 

  5. Lastly, dress with a drizzle of vinaigrette.

  6. Serve!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 224mg9%
Potassium 248mg7%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 615IU12%
Vitamin C 10.7mg13%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.