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BRIAN IN THE KITCHEN  brought to you by Stittsworth Meats

April 9 2013

Mixed Greens and Fruit Salad with Warm Onion Vinaigrette

    3 tablespoon olive oil
    1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion or shallots
    1 cup Chicken Broth
    2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1 tablespoon coarse-grain Dijon-style mustard
    2 bag (5 to 8 ounces each) mixed salad greens
    2 ripe pear or apples, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
    1/2 cup dried cherry or cranberries
    1/4 cup pecans , toasted
    Crumbled blue cheese (optional)

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes or until it's tender.

Stir the broth, vinegar, brown sugar and mustard in the saucepan and heat to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes or until the mixture is slightly reduced. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Beat the remaining oil into the broth mixture with a fork or whisk.

Toss the salad greens with 1/2 cup dressing in a large bowl. Arrange the greens on a serving platter. Top with the pears, cherries, pecans and cheese, if desired. Serve with the remaining dressing.