Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Pear and Pomegranate Salad with Gorgonzola and Champagne Vinaigrette

This is a delicious cool weather salad from Guy Fieri and, I think, the first of his recipes that I have tried. It is healthy and delicious and full of flavour. Pears and blue cheese are naturally best friends and the punctuation of pomegranate seeds is genius. Absolutely delicious. I give it five stars and can't wait to try some more of his recipes.
I looked him up on amazon and could only find his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives book, clearly we need a Guy's Big Bite cookbook, the man knows big flavour.

Thanks to Sarah and the Food Network Chefs Cooking Challenge for getting me to try one of his recipes! I won't be playing along every week, there are a lot of American shows that we don't get up here and so I am unfamiliar with them.. but I will definitely cook from the ones I know. Great idea Sarah!

Pear and Pomegranate Salad with Gorgonzola and Champagne Vinaigrette
Guy Fieri, Food Network.com

Ingredients
• 8 cups baby spinach or romaine lettuce
• 1 ripe pear, cut in half
• 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
• 2 ounces Gorgonzola
• Champagne vinaigrette, recipe follows
• Fresh cracked pepper
• 1 tablespoon honey

Directions
In a decorative bowl or platter, add the spinach or romaine. Cut the pear into fans, and then slice again on the diagonal, add the greens, crumble the Gorgonzola onto the salad and then drizzle with about half of the vinaigrette. Top with fresh cracked pepper and lightly drizzle the whole salad with the honey. Serve immediately.

Champagne Vinaigrette:
• 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
In a small bowl or glass jar, add all the ingredients except the olive oil. Mix well, then slowly drizzle in the olive oil to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.

PS - Canada has some amazing cooking shows too, I think it is our strongest programming.