Pecan, Blue Cheese and Orange Salad

    20 minutes

    This salad combines a few ingredients to create a wide flavour ranging salad. Caramelised pecans, orange and blue cheese are perfect favour contrasts.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 50g whole pecans
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon orange juice
    • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 oranges
    • 1 small salanova lettuce, sliced finely
    • 50g gorgonzola or other blue cheese, crumbled

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Mix the pecans with maple syrup so that they are all evenly coated. Place on a baking tray covered with aluminium foil and leave to caramelise at 200 degrees C in the oven; watch out that they do not burn. Set aside.
    2. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, salt and pepper to a vinaigrette.
    3. Peel oranges and remove as much of the white skin as possible. Cut the white stalk carefully out of the middle without cutting through the oranges. Cut oranges into slices.
    4. Mix the lettuce in a large bowl with the vinaigrette. Stir in gorgonzola.
    5. Place on plates and decorate each portion with 2-3 orange slices and sprinkle with some pecans. Serve immediately.

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    Love this salad. So bright and fresh. I think adding thinly sliced red onion would be lovely. Thanks for a great recipe.  -  07 May 2013