one tasty salad: arugula and pear with stilton blue cheese and lemon shallot vinaigrette

i really like pears, they are possibly my favorite winter fruit-but when they are sitting all pretty and wholesome in the fruit bowl i very often forget to eat them (not as easy as an apple to bite into, i guess) until they become too mushy and ripe. this time i decided to combine the beautiful sweet anjou pears in my fruit bowl with some stilton cheese (they had samples at the market, i tried a piece….flavor explosion-there was no option but to bring some home) to make our dinner salad. it was a big success in a sweet and sour, crunchy, deeeee-licious, and very satisfying sort of a way. this salad is a meal in itself along with a nice bowl of soup or a slice of toasted whole grain bread. one more thing-i’m pretty convinced my lemon shallot vinaigrette drizzled on almost anything yields the same delicious results. it’s that good. 
ingredients for the salad:
  • arugula (rocket)
  • walnuts (can be candied)
  • stilton blue cheese (crumbled)
  • anjou pears (thinly sliced)
  • lemon-shallot vinaigrette
lemon shallot vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 small shallot, very finely minced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup good extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp dijon mustard 
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • a few thyme leaves
whisk it all together until thickened, allow the dressing to sit for at least 1/2 an hour before using.
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