Have you ever participated in a progressive dinner? It is so much fun and can really make for a entertaining evening. All you need to do is get a group of people to host a course at their house. It is great for a neighborhood event because you can walk from one home to another. A traveling potluck. It is interesting also because each part of the meal has a different setting.
This progressive dinner is a virtual one. My friend Isabel, @familyfoodie on twitter, is a true believer in the joys of a family Sunday Supper. She has been generating quite the conversation each Sunday on twitter using the #SundaySupper hashtag. So many people are joining in and tweeting what they are having along with recipes and photos. It is a wonderful resource for inspiration and conversation about food and family meals.
My Pear and Stilton Salad is for the salad course of this virtual progressive #SundaySupper. Fresh pear, stilton cheese, toasted walnuts, onions, all tossed together with a homemade sherry vinaigrette. The surprise part is the onions – I use cocktail onions. Sounds strange right? Trust me, they are great in this salad. The tangy flavor balances with the sweetness of the pears. Give it a try and you might find yourself putting cocktail onions in other salads too. See recipes for the salad and dressing below.
Don’t forget the wine! Eileen, @WineEveryday on twitter, has recommended a nice Cotes du Rhone Blanc to pair with the salad. You can find a full review and details of the wine on her blog by clicking here -> Wine Everyday or by clicking on the link to her post in today’s blog hop.
Thank you Isabel for inviting me to participate in this event. I am honored to be contributing to a special Sunday Supper with you and my fellow bloggers in our “Around the Family Table” virtual neighborhood.
Please visit the other posts for recipes, courses, cocktails, and wine pairings in this virtual progressive #SundaySupper. Just click on the links below to hop right to them. (Note: The links may appear above if you are reading this post in an email).
Pear and Stilton Salad
Mixed baby greens
Fresh pear, peeled and sliced
Stilton cheese, cut into chunks
Toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
Cocktail onions, quartered
Sherry vinaigrette (recipe below)
Quantities vary depending on number of servings. Use your own judgement and preferences. I generally use equal quantities of the pear, stilton, and walnuts with a little less portion of the onions.
Put the mixed baby greens, pear slices, stilton chunks, walnut pieces, and cocktail onions in a large bowl. Add some of the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Remember it is easier to add more dressing than to take it out.
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
⅓ cup sherry vinegar
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of fresh ground pepper
½ clove garlic, chopped
½ small shallot, chopped
½ to ⅔ cup good olive oil
Put the mustard, honey, vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, and shallot in a blender. Put the lid on and blend on high speed until ingredients are combined. Turn the blender on low speed, remove the lid (or the middle of the lid), and slowly pour ½ cup of the olive oil in to the mixture. Turn blender off. Taste. If too vinegar-y add more oil with blender on low speed. Add in increments, stopping to taste, until it has the right oil/vinegar balance to you. Pour into salad dressing shaker/container. Use immediately. Store leftover in the refrigerator. Remember to take it out of the refrigerator about an hour before using again to get to room temperature. Shake to re-combine as it will separate some.