Hearty Holiday Walnut Salad Recipe

January 3, 2018 at 8:54 am


We love salad, and they don’t come much healthier than this! Try out this healthy vegetarian dish today, and easily convert it to a vegan recipe by removing the Gorgonzola cheese!



  • 2 tablespoons fig balsamic vinegar (or high-quality balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons toasted walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 pinches of salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 head of radicchio
  • 2.5 ounces mixed baby greens
  • 2 Bosc pears, cored, quartered, and sliced into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate arils
  • 3 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Preparation Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard. Slowly pour in the walnut oil, followed by the olive oil, whisking continuously with your other hand, until the mixture is emulsified. Smash the garlic clove with a side of a knife and add it to the vinaigrette.
  2. Slice the radicchio in half, remove the core, and slice the radicchio perpendicularly into 3/4-inch-thick ribbons. Combine the radicchio and mixed greens in a large salad bowl. Add the pear chunks, walnuts, and pomegranate arils. Slowly add the vinaigrette to lightly coat the greens, and gently toss the salad. Top the salad with the crumbled gorgonzola cheese and serve immediately.
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