Signature Salad

Simple, fresh ingredients and a light vinaigrette combine to create a salad light enough to serve as a starter course yet so diverse and robust that it can hold its own as a main entree.


8 ounces torn mixed greens
2 cups red grapes, sliced in half
2 pears, peeled, cored, and diced
2/3 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
1/2 cup shelled pistachio nut
2 ounces gorgonzola cheese
1 medium shallot, minced (about 4 teaspoons)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup sherry vinegar (if you can't find sherry vinegar, substitute red wine vinegar )
1/2 cup olive oil


To prepare the salad, combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine all dressing ingredients through the vinegar in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Whisking constantly, slowly pour olive oil into the vinegar mixture in a steady stream. Pour over salad and toss to combine.

Serve immediately.

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