Red Leaf Lettuce & Pear Salad

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Red Leaf Lettuce & Pear Salad

Ingredients

Candied Nuts

  • 1 cup nuts or seeds any kind, roasted or raw, i I love pecans here
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • couple shakes cinnamon powder
  • couple shakes cayenne powder

Creamy Apple cider Dressing

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot minced (we want a heaping tablespoon of shallot)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard or just use more tahini if you don't like dijon
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Salad

  • 1 head red leaf or butter lettuce or 4 cups mixed greens to make things easier
  • 2 firm pears I used 1 red and 1 green
  • 3-4 ounces Gouda or 2 ounces blue cheese
  • 4 dates chopped into small pieces

Instructions

To Make the Nuts:

  • Add all ingredients to a non-stick skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar melts. If it's not melting, then turn the heat up to medium-high but do not leave its side! It'll burn quickly. Stir to coat all of the nuts in sugar, then pour onto a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet or just on your countertop. Leave to harden. **if the nuts do not harden and remain sticky, bake them for 10 minutes on 325*. It's a humidity thing but this typically solves it**

Dressing:

  • Add everything but the olive oil to a jar and shake vigorously to combine. Add the olive oil and shake again, for longer than you think, to get it all to emulsify. Taste and adjust how you like it.

Salad:

  • Cut out the core of the lettuce, then separate the leaves and wash them.
  • Place the washed leaves in a large, low bowl. Season the leaves with salt and pepper. Thinly slice the pears and add on top. Use a vegetable peeler to peel big pieces of Gouda onto the salad. No need to measure, just add as much as you like! Sprinkle the dates on top.
  • Use a cup to break the nuts apart once they're totally cool and hardened. Add them to the salad.
  • When you're ready to eat, toss your desired amount of dressing into the salad! You will not need all of the dressing, and it'll be good in the fridge for 10 days.

Candied Nuts

  • 1 cup nuts or seeds any kind, roasted or raw, i I love pecans here
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • couple shakes cinnamon powder
  • couple shakes cayenne powder

Creamy Apple cider Dressing

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot minced (we want a heaping tablespoon of shallot)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard or just use more tahini if you don't like dijon
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Salad

  • 1 head red leaf or butter lettuce or 4 cups mixed greens to make things easier
  • 2 firm pears I used 1 red and 1 green
  • 3-4 ounces Gouda or 2 ounces blue cheese
  • 4 dates chopped into small pieces

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