Simple, robust salad stands out at big meal

9:10 am | November 14, 2012

By ALISON LADMAN
Associated Press
To stand out in a Thanksgiving spread, a salad must be bold and flavorful. Yet it should not compete with the other flavors on the table. To strike this delicate balance, we created this easy arugula salad that is topped with spiced and sauteed pears and goat cheese, then drizzled with a pomegranate-Dijon vinaigrette.

Arugula Pear Salad With
Pomegranate Vinaigrette
And Goat Cheese
Start to finish: 15 minutes
Servings: 10
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large pears, cored and sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sliced dried apricots
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch of ground allspice
1/4 cup olive oil
10-ounce container baby arugula
4 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine the butter and cinnamon. When the butter has melted, add the pears and saute until they are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the cranberries and apricots, then cook for another minute. Set aside off the heat.
In a blender, combine the pomegranate juice, red wine vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, allspice and olive oil. Blend until well combined.
In a large bowl, arrange the arugula. Top the greens with the sauteed pear mixture, then the crumbled goat cheese. Serve the vinaigrette on the side.

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