Nordstrom’s Cafe Walnut and Pear Salad

Nordstrom’s Cafe Restaurant Recipe

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. Makes 4 servings.

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

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the 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 tablespoon chopped shallot
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup Champagne wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups salad oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon 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 about 2 cups.

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