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Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad

This salad combines so many different flavors you wouldn't think they would work together as deliciously as they do. It takes all of a minute to put together with the only prep being a little pear slicing and mason jar shaking so it makes for the perfect side dish to any meal.

I served this salad alongside a juicy garlic peppercorn pork loin I got from #traderjoes. The dressing is oil free and only 5 basic ingredients, 2 being salt and pepper...


Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad

4 servings | 2 minutes


Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 4 cups arugula

  • 2 pears

  • 1 cup rainbow cherry tomatoes

  • 4 oz bleu cheese crumbles

  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey

  • 1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard

  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake or whisk to combine.

  2. Slice the pears into 1/4" thick slices.

  3. Assemble salad with arugula, pear slices, tomatoes, crumbled bleu cheese and the chopped pecans.

  4. Drizzle with dressing.

  5. You're done!

 

Pork tenderloin

4 servings | 30 minutes

To make the garlic peppercorn tenderloin I followed the instructions on the package I got from trader joes but most pork loins are the same. If your not into garlic peppercorn, have fun with the seasonings: balsamic, maple, dijon, thyme, paprika, sage... pork loin is so versatile, the options are endless!

Cooking the Pork Loin:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.

  2. Heat a cast iron skillet with a little olive oil and sear all sides of the pork loin.

  3. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165 is reached.

  4. Let it sit about 5 minutes before slicing and serving (you could use this time to make the entire salad essentially)!

For 4 servings I recommend a 1-2 lb pork loin. 4 oz is the recommended serving size but you'll want leftovers!


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