595 people on allrecipes.com rated this 5 stars so I knew it had to be good. It’s great for company because it looks so fancy and tastes amazing. Add some chicken on top and you could have a great meal with just the salad. I practically ate the whole thing by myself.
3 pears – peeled, cored and chopped
5 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled 1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup pecans ( I did a little more because they are so good and add so much to the salad )
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard ( I used Dijon )
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper to taste
In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. *Melt the sugar first and then add the nuts so that the sugar doesn’t get stuck and clumpy in the grooves of the nuts. It will eventually melt if you just turn up the heat and wait. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces.
For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper.
In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, blue cheese, avocado, and green onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve.