Pear and Gorgonzola Arugula Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

Six delicious, seasonal ingredients make one amazing salad!

Pear and Gorgonzola Arugula Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts // Six delicious, seasonal ingredients make one amazing salad! // www.mesacookingco.com

This salad is a remix of an unbelievable appetizer we had in Rome – like maybe one of my favorite things I’ve ever tried in my life. The starter was made with a fresh, warm, homemade piece of focaccia and then topped with all the amazingness that you’ll see in this recipe. I’ve switched it around so we have a beautiful, gluten-free salad, and I’m excited to show you how to throw it all together!

Guys, all the ingredients I tasted in Italy inspired me so much. The food was made with so many fresh, seasonal ingredients, and I realized I need to be cooking a LOT more with pear, arugula, figs, prosciutto, and more! They’re just fantastic.

So, when we ordered the focaccia starter, I thought, “This sounds like a lot of competing flavors.” And then it tasted amazing. Then, when I tried making it into a salad for the first time, I thought, “I’m not sure if these flavors are really going to work together.” And then it again tasted incredible and I couldn’t stop eating it. I even made another little salad right then so that I could eat a little more. The second time I made the salad, I thought, “I know this is quite a lot of flavors, but I KNOW it’s going to be amazing.” And then it was! Simple, elegant, and delicious!

So, trust me on this one – these ingredients are 100% addicting and work amazingly and unexpectedly together! We’re talking six easy ingredients to throw together, too: arugula, pear, pine nuts, gorgonzola, cinnamon, and honey!

It’s also going to be the easiest salad you’ll ever make cause the dressing is like – basically just honey. Yeah. You could go crazy with it and put together a more complex dressing, but with all the other amazing flavors, we need and want and will love a simple dressing here.
Pear and Gorgonzola Arugula Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts // Six delicious, seasonal ingredients make one amazing salad! // www.mesacookingco.com

Pear and Gorgonzola Arugula Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts // Six delicious, seasonal ingredients make one amazing salad! // www.mesacookingco.com

So, you’ll top a bunch of arugula with some crumbed gorgonzola, toasted pine nuts, and slices of pear. Here’s where it gets interested: sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over it all – yep, cinnamon! This sweetness works in amazing, explosive ways with the salty cheese and pine nuts. Then, drizzle some honey over it all – don’t go too crazy here, just a light drizzle! And dig in immediately because I know your brain is jut wondering how all of this is gonna go together!

Pear and Gorgonzola Arugula Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts // Six delicious, seasonal ingredients make one amazing salad! // www.mesacookingco.com

Pear & Arugula Salad with Gorgonzola & Toasted Pine Nuts
 
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Serves: Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon pine nuts
  • 5 oz. arugula
  • ¼ cup crumbled gorgonzola
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • A few pinches of cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. Toast the pine nuts in a small skillet over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, until golden brown. When done, remove from the hot skillet right away so that they do not overcook.
  2. Wash the arugula and place in a large bowl. Top with the crumbled gorgonzola, the sliced pear, and the pine nuts. Sprinkle a few pinches of cinnamon over it all (can add more to taste).
  3. Drizzle the honey over the entire salad (no need to measure here, if you want one less dirty spoon, just lightly drizzle it over the salad).
  4. Enjoy immediately!
Notes
Make nut-free: Leave off the pine nuts and enjoy as is - still will be delicious!
Storage suggestion: Best enjoyed immediately or same day.

If you try this pear and gorgonzola arugula salad, I’d love to see the result! Tag your kitchen creations with #mesacookingco so I can admire your beautiful work!

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