If you are trying to lose some weight, eating salads for lunch is a good choice. You can load up on tons of healthy low calorie vegetables, add a bit of protein and come up with a great looking salad. This Beef veggie salad with pear Gorgonzola dressing is not your average salad. It is gorgeous, thanks to my vegetable spiralizer, and also packs a healthy and tasty punch with the great tasting salad dressing.
Treat your friends to this Beef Veggie Salad with Pear Gorgonzola Dressing for Lunch.
The tricks to getting the most out of the presentation of this salad is to use a vegetable spiralizer. The good folks at Brieftons have kindly provided me with a vegetable spiralizer to test for them and will also graciously provide a free spiralizer to one of my readers as a gift. (affiliate link)
If you have not tried a vegetable spiralizer before, this is quite a neat contraption. The Briefton spiralizer comes with four different blades to spiral cut veggies for great presentation on salads, or to make veggie pasta at a fraction of the calories of normal pasta.
I tested this spiralizer on both carrots and cucumber. The carrots were a cinch to cut. (the cucumbers didn’t work well at all on the same blade as the carrot – they turned to a mush, but they did cut well on the larger 70 mm julienne blade. Fortunately, there are four blades to choose from. This is how my carrots looked on the first try:
The cuts were firm and held up very well in the salad. Any spiralizer will waste some of the vegetable but this one was not too bad. The tool has a special cap that holds the vegetable to waste less but I actually had better luck with just the tip of a sharp nice stuck right into the end of the carrot. It kept my hands away from the blade more effectively.
The salad was ready in a flash. Great for busy days when time is at a premium. You can use any veggies you like. I added tangerine slices, avocados and normal salad veggies. The real taste sensation in the salad is the litehouse Pear Gorgonzola salad dressing. The dressing has just 50 calories for 2 tablespoons and tastes yummy.
I found this Litehouse dressing in the organic section of my local Kroger supermarket but it’s also available at some Walmart, Target and Hannaford grocery stores. You could also make a home made Pear Gorgonzola dressing by combining these ingredients for a recipe that I found on Food Network:
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tbso pear nectar
- 1 1/2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
- Half a 6-ounce ripe red Bartlett pear, peeled, cored and diced
- 1/2 cup coarsely crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
The salad was delicious and I loved the way the spiralized vegetables look on top of the greens. Definitely a winner and it’s really worth looking for this wonderful dressing too.
Note: I received this spiralizer free of charge for an honest review of the product. I would give it four stars. I find that it works best on mainly firm veggies. My cucumber didn’t really cut that well, especially on the finer grating blades. But it was easy to work with and if you love salads with a special look, it’s a great tool to have on hand.
For another healthy lunch option, be sure to try these:
- 2 cups of mixed salad greens
- 3 ounces of left over roast beef
- 1 medium carrot, cut with a vegetable spiralizer
- 1/4 cup of red and yellow sweet peppers
- 1 small tangerine, peeled and cut into sections
- 1/4 of a ripe pear cut into cubes
- 1/4 of a ripe avocado, sliced
- 6 grape tomatoes cut in half
- 2 tbsp of Litehouse pear gorgonzola (or see recipe above to make your own.)
- Cut your carrot using the vegetable spiralizer.
- Place the mix greens on a large plate, layer the vegetables beef and fruits. Top with the spiralized veggies and dress with the pear Gorgonzola dressing.
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