Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad
Serves 6

Since there is always so much rich food during the holidays, it’s always good to have a go-to salad that will offer a lighter alternative as a side dish.  Both pears and apples are abundant this time of year, and you can use either in this salad.  Just make sure your pears are ripe (or you can use a sweet apple like Gala).  The sweet fruit creates a mouth sensation with the creamy pungency of the blue cheese.

This salad is so versatile, and it pairs wonderfully with whatever the entree is on your menu, whether it’s poultry, roast beef or ham.

1 garlic clove, peeled and halved
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
2 medium ripe pears, cored and thinly sliced
8 cups torn mixed salad greens
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted (optional)
1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Rub garlic clove over the bottom and sides of a large salad bowl; discard garlic.  In the bowl, combine the lemon juice, honey and salt.  Add pears; gently toss to coat.  Add the greens, walnuts and cheese; toss to coat.  NOTE:  You may want to include some red leaf lettuce or radicchio for added color.  If you like, you can also add just a few dried cherries or cranberries.

Per Serving (with nuts):  158 Calories; 9g Fat (44.1% calories from fat); 3g Saturated Fat; 6g Protein; 18g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 12mg Cholesterol; 247mg Sodium.  Exchanges:  1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

Recipe is low fat, low calorie, diabetic friendly and gluten free.

Recipe courtesy of LowFatLifestyle.com.  Visit them on the web for more free recipes and healthy-cooking tips.