Roasted Pear Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Roasting pears intensifies their flavor while making them soft and tender. Choose firm pears, such as Bosc, for this recipe. The pears can be roasted in advance and refrigerated. Bring them to room temperature before serving.

2 pears, such as Bosc
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon tarragon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled (1-1/2 ounces)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 cups mixed salad greens
2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans

1 Preheat the oven to 400°F. Halve the pears lengthwise, but do not peel them. Core the pears and slice them crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
2 In a 9-inch pie plate, stir together the wine, sugar, tarragon, and salt. Add the pears and stir to coat. Roast the pears until tender, turning them twice while they cook, about 20 minutes.(Timing will vary depending upon the firmness of the pears.)
3 Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, blue cheese, vinegar, and pepper. Add the mixed greens and toss to coat.
4 Arrange the greens on 4 serving plates. Top with the roasted pears and toasted pecans. Makes 4 servings

Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: 199 calories, 6.4g total fat (2.5g saturated), 10mg cholesterol, 5g dietary fiber, 28g carbohydrate, 6g protein, 366mg sodium.