Wednesday, April 4, 2012

nordstrom cafe caramelized walnut and pear salad.

Nordstrom Cafe Caramelized Walnut and Pear Salad from Heidi S:

6 cups mixed baby greens/romaine mix
1 cup Caramelized walnuts (recipe below)
1 cup crumbled bleu cheese
2 pears, cut in 1/4 inch dice
1 cup thin strips of red bell pepper
1/2 cup Champagne Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Pear slices and julienne red peppers, to garnish

In a large bowl, toss together the greens, walnuts, bleu cheese, pears and red pepper in the Champagne Vinaigrette. Place mixture in a salad bowl, then garnish with red peppers and slices of pear.

Caramelized Walnuts: 
1/2 pound walnuts (about 1 3/4 cups) 
1 egg white
1/3 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Mix walnuts, egg white and sugar together in a medium bowl. Place on sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool, then break into pieces if necessary.

Champagne Vinaigrette: 

1 Tbsp chopped shallot
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup Champagne Wine Vinegar
1 1/2 cups salad oil
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper

In a medium bowl, combine shallot, Dijon, sugar, garlic, champagne wine vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Mix well using a wire whisk.

Makes approximately 2 cups
Makes 4 servings

Source: Nordstrom

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