- 1 cup Marzetti® Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Drizzle Marzetti® Blue Cheese Dressing
- 1/3 cup Brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Pecans, chopped
- 4 oz Blue cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup Dried cherries
- 3 Pears, firm
- 2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
- 8 oz Bibb lettuce
Preheat oven to 375°F.
DRESSING: Mix 3/4 cup Marzetti® Balsamic Vinaigrette and sugar in a sauce pan. Cook over low heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.
STUFFING: Place pecans in a skillet: toast over medium heat (watch carefully as they burn easily). Set aside. Mix cherries with toasted pecans and blue cheese and set aside.
PEARS: Slice pears in half lengthwise, remove cores from pears to create a hole for filling. Place pears– hole side up–in a baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice. Spoon filling into center of pears. Sprinkle Marzetti Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing mixture over pears. Bake uncovered until tender, (about 30 minutes); basting 3 or 4 times during baking time.
TO ASSEMBLE: clean and tear lettuce into bite size pieces and toss with remaining 1/4 cups of Marzetti Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing. Arrange lettuce on salad plates; place a pear in center of each plate, spoon pan drippings over top of each pear. Drizzle desired amount of Marzetti® Blue Cheese Dressing over each salad.