Butter Lettuce Salad with Fresh Pears and Blue Cheese Crumbles
By The Gourmet Farm Girl

 Any lettuce or combination of lettuce leaves will work for this recipe.
 I use Butter Lettuce for its soft tender sweetness.

Cut fresh cucumbers into bit size pieces, slice red onions, top with blue cheese crumbles and a fresh Anjou pear cut into slices. Arrange on plates or a large salad bowl and top with roasted pine nuts.

I toast approximately 1 tablespoon per individual salad; Toast pine nuts on an oven stone or a heavy cookie sheet for 3-4 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Toast till just golden brown.

Add grilled  chicken slices, serve with your favorite bread and you have a meal! 

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
The Gourmet Farm Girl

8 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3-4 Tablespoons of quality balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon of brown sugar, honey or 2 packets of Splenda sweetner
Pinch of cracked pepper and sea salt

Serves 4