Baked Pear & Citrus Vinaigrette Salad

I was reminded recently of a salad favorite that my college chef Quinn used to make. The basic ingredients of pear, avocado, berry, walnuts and spinach just scream (or softly serenade) “summer.”

For the dressing:
1/4 c. EVOO
1 tsp. dijon mustard
2 Tbs. white wine vinegar
Juice from one whole orange

Whisk all ingredients together. (Never mix EVOO in the blender. It will take on an icky bitterness.)
For the salad:
Spinach
2 firm pears
1 avocado
walnuts (toasted if desired)
Handful of blackberries or raspberries

To bake the pears:
Choose firm pears for baking. Slice in half, core, and slice a portion off the bottom so they will lie still.

Pears are so hot right now.

Place in a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. The skin will go from green to brownish.

Slice the pear and avocado and combine all ingredients. I crushed the blackberries and strained out the seeds to add a blackberry drizzle to the salad.

A perfect summer lunch.

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