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Arugula salad with caramelized onions, brown sugar walnuts, pears, and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Arugula salad with caramelized onions, walnuts, pears, and Gorgonzola cheese

Arugula salad with caramelized onions, brown sugar walnuts, pears, and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.  Easy, healthy, delicious arugula salad.  Perfect for every day or for holidays. 

Course Salad
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 253 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

Salad Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Honey

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion , thinly sliced
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 5 oz arugula
  • 1 pear , thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese , crumbled

Instructions

Salad Dressing:

  1. Mix vinegar with agave nectar, then add oil, whisking until emulsified.

How to caramelize onions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium size frying pan on medium-high heat. Add thinly sliced onions to the pan once oil gets very hot. Cook onions, stirring constantly, until they turn brown and caramelize to your liking, about 10-15 minutes. While caramelizing onions, add a pinch of salt to your taste.

How to caramelize walnuts:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in the medium frying pan on medium-high heat, add walnuts and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring, to coat the walnuts until caramelized. Allow them to cool.

Assemble salad:

  1. Add arugula leaves to a large salad bowl.  Add caramelized walnuts and caramelized onions. Add the salad dressing and mix. Top with sliced pears and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Arugula salad with caramelized onions, walnuts, pears, and Gorgonzola cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 209mg6%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 6.2mg8%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.