Spinach and Pear Salad with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

I love putting a cold salad together in the summertime.
I made this salad without cooking the spinach and loved it. Instead, I added a little balsamic vinaigrette to the spinach and then added the toppings, it was so delicious. The cooked version is below, we will have to try it warm next!

Warm Pear Spinach Salad

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 bunch spinach, washed and roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 pears washed, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 – 1 oz vegetarian blue cheese, crumbled

In a skillet heat the olive oil until it just begins to shimmer. Add onions and cook over a low heat stirring often until onions take on a deep golden color and begin to caramelize, about 20 minutes or so. Remove from pan and set aside.

After washing the spinach, leave the water on it and add it to the skillet. Cook until just wilted, just a couple of minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and a bit more olive oil if it seems too dry.

Plate the spinach and top with sliced pears, onions and cheese. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Adapted from: treehugger.com

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