Sunday, February 3, 2013

Green Leaf, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad

I found this salad years ago and I love it!  It's great as a side salad for lunch or as a salad with your dinner!  This is a south beach recipe and it's low calorie!  This one is gluten free and you'll love it!  Make sure you toast the walnuts because it gives it a smoky taste with the smooth and creamy goat cheese!  Delicious!


1/3 cup walnuts
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 head green leaf lettuce, torn into bite size pieces (6 cups loosely packed)
1/2 pear (I prefer Bosc) cored and thinly sliced
3 ounces plain reduced-fat soft goat cheese
Salt and fresh ground pepper


Heat over or toaster over to 275 degrees.  Spread walnuts on a baking tray and bake until fragrant and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.  Roughly chop nuts.

Place oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a jar with a lid.  Close tightly and shake vigorously to combine.

Place lettuce and pear slices in a mixing bowl  Season with salt and pepper, add dressing, and toss.  Divide among plates, sprinkle cheese and nuts on top and serve!

Makes 4 (3-cup serving)

Per Serving - 200 calories, 18 g fat, 3.5 saturated fat, 4g protein, 7g carbs, 2g dietary fiber, 190 mg sodium

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