Quick, simple and elegant, this Pear, Cheese & Walnut Salad balances the sharpness of cheddar with sweet, fresh fruit.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 4 servings
4 cups tightly packed torn salad greens
1 large pear, thinly sliced
2 oz. CRACKER BARREL Aged Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped PLANTERS Walnuts
1/2 KRAFT Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
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Let's Make It
Place salad greens on 4 salad plates; top with remaining ingredients except dressing.
Drizzle with dressing just before serving.
For heartier salads, add 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into strips.
How to Ripen Pears
Pears do not ripen well on the tree, so they are picked when mature, but not yet ripe. To ripen fresh pears at home, place them in a paper bag, fold over the top and store at room temperature for 1 to 3 days. To test for ripeness, apply gentle thumb pressure at the base of the stem. If the fruit yields slightly, the pear is ripe. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Best Pears for Salads
The best varieties of pears for salads are Bartlett, Anjou, Bosc and Comice. Make sure the pears are perfectly ripe to ensure a sweet flavor and juicy texture.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 15g
Dietary Fibers 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.