On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a PEAR tree!!!!
Yup, that age-old songster got it right over 200 years ago in giving his beloved a pear tree for Christmas.
If you haven’t hopped on the pear train and embraced pears as a festive flavor, today’s your day!
Cause this festive recipe is a perfect one to serve as a savory snack at a Christmas cookie exchange, as a festive bite at an ugly Christmas sweater party, on toast points at a Christmas tea party, or even as a light dinner alongside my gingered acorn squash soup. Just sayin…
So you don’t have to buy the entire pear tree to enjoy this one. Just a few pears, a few pounds of chicken, and a handful of hazelnuts (and blue cheese, of course!) are the allstars of this easy entertaining dish!
Sometimes, you have to toss the paleo handbook out the window and live a little.
And this recipe is one of those kinds of recipes.
To be fair, it’s still rather healthy.
Hazelnuts, pears, and chicken are all 100% paleo-approved, and the combination of the 3 is whamee of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
But alas, this wouldn’t be nearly as festive, in my opinion, without that distinct salty bite of that distinct blue fungi, gorgonzola.
Gorgonzola+pears+toasted hazelnuts=oh mama.
So not paleo, but so good.
And since I’m a certified dairy dabbler, I allow myself to indulge in a little quality dairy here and there without sweating it.
But before we get into the details, I assure you this recipe can be just as delicious (and slightly more nutritious) by simply omitting the blue cheese!
If you tolerate goat cheese, you could substitute a plain, honey, or cranberry-flavored goat cheese, too.
Oh nelly, that would be delish.
AND if you’re not down with meat, this would be a gorgeous salad atop mixed greens, baby kale, or baby spinach.
Personally, I love this salad with some gluten-free crackers and a cup of squash soup. Doesn’t get more festive than that!
And how easy peasy paleo is this?
That’s it! And, more bonus points, it can be made ahead of time!
In fact, I found it increased in it’s deliciousness as it sat in the fridge and got friendly with all those flavors.
If you want to make it ahead of time, though, I don’t recommend adding in the hazelnuts…they may start to soften due to the acid of the balsamic vinegar.
Okey dokey artichokies, that's all for today's festive, paleoish recipe! While this is worthy of entertaining this holiday season, it also makes for an exciting alternative to standard lunchtime chicken salad.
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Healthy Happy Texan
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