Pear Shrimp Salad

Pear Shrimp Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing is an unlikely combination of foods – blue cheese dressing, shrimp and pears that create a surprisingly unforgettable and festive taste sensation. Accompanied with a glass of sparkling white wine, it’s a salad you’re going to be making over and over again because it’s perfect for a variety of occasions.

Pear Shrimp Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
1 head Butter lettuce, washed and torn into bite-size pieces
1-2 Bartlett or “Red” pears, cored, pared and cut julienne style
1 cup salad shrimp, rinsed and drained
Chunky blue cheese salad dressing (Marie’s, Litehouse or Maytag are good choices)
1/2 cup Hazelnuts, lightly toasted
16-20 grape tomatoes
Freshly ground pepper

Divide lettuce onto four serving plates; layer pears onto lettuce; add ¼ cup shrimp to each salad and drizzle each salad with desired amounts of blue cheese dressing. Divide hazelnuts and grape tomatoes; arrange on salads. End with freshly ground pepper to taste. Yield: 4 servings

Note: Variations to this salad would be to omit the shrimp (as shown in picture), use spinach in place of butter lettuce, replace the hazel nuts with a different nut such as toasted walnuts and/or use apples in place of pears. Remake it anyway you like it – there are no rules.
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