Basil and Bleu Cheese Salad

Enjoy this wonderful salad that's made using salad greens, fruits, cheese and basil — a perfect side dish ready in just 20 minutes.


10 servings


1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon country-style Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
10 cups mixed salad greens
1/2 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
2 ripe pears, thinly sliced
2 navel oranges, peeled, sectioned
2 avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced
1 cup crumbled blue cheese (4 ounce)


In small bowl, mix oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper flakes with whisk.

In large bowl, toss salad greens and basil. Add pears, oranges, avocados and blue cheese; toss gently. Drizzle with dressing. Serve immediately.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 20 minutes

Additional Information

The dressing can be mixed and refrigerated up to 24 hours before serving. Toss with salad just before serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 220, Total Fat 16 g (Saturated Fat 4 g), Sodium 450 mg; Total Carbohydrate 15 g (Dietary Fiber 5 g), Protein 4 g;Exchanges: 1/2 Fruit; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2

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