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Poached Pear Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

Poached Pear Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

2 pears, cored and cut in half
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1 cup water
5 to 6 ounces spring mix lettuce
1/4 to 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted

Maple Mustard Dressing:
1/2 cup walnut oil or canola oil
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 freshly ground black pepper

Place 1/4 cup maple syrup and water in a small to medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add pears cut side up and simmer about 3 minutes or until just tender. Remove pears from pan. Let cool a bit and slice pears. Add all dressing ingredients to a jar with a lid and shake well. Dressing can be made up to a few days ahead. To assemble the salad toss spring mix with some of the dressing. Top salad with pear slices, walnuts and cheese.

Extra dressing keeps in the fridge for about a week. Shake well before using.

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