Winter Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese & Fig Dressing



For the Salad*

  • Baby Arugula
  • Baby Spinach
  • 2 Pears, sliced
  • 1/2 C. Gorgonzola crumbles
  • 1/4 C. Craisins

Fig Dressing

  • 3 Tbls. Olive oil
  • 2 Tbls. Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbls. Fig spread (jam)
  • 1 tsp. Whiskey or Bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper

Sweet & Spicy Nuts

  • 1 C. nuts (I used a combination of pecans, pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
  • 3 Tbls. pure maple syrup (you could use honey or agave)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper


Make Fig Dressing:  Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.

Make Sweet & Spicy Nuts:  Preheat oven 350°. Combine nuts ingredients and toss in bowl to coat the nuts.  Spread on parchment lined baking sheet and bake about 10-15 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.

Assemble Salad: In salad bowl, toss together salad ingredients with desired amount of fig dressing. Top with nuts.


*For the salad I don’t measure amount of greens (or other ingredients)… just fill up your salad bowl.  Add more or less of everything to your liking.