Halloween/Harvest Tea: Roasted Pear Salad with Bleu Cheese and Walnuts

The perfect Autumn salad. Baking the pears brings out a whole new level of sweetness.

2 medium pears, cored and quartered lengthwise
4 strips bacon
3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups torn lettuce
4 ounces crumbled bleu cheese
½ cup whole walnut halves
¼ cup dried cranberries

Bake pears 15-20 minutes until just tender in a 400ยบ oven. Let cool and cut into ¼” thick slices.

Cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and crumble. Reserve 1 tablespoon droppings. Whisk in the vinegar and oil. Bring to boiling.

Toss together lettuce, pears, cranberries and bacon. Add warm dressing and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with bleu cheese and walnuts. Serve warm.