This is one of my favorite salads to make for entertaining-- it's not hard, but it appears elegant and is always a crowd pleaser! You make the dressing, so you can control the amount of oil that goes in.
1 crunchy pear, halved, cored, and sliced thin
4 cups baby spinach
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1-2 T. olive oil
2 t. Dijon mustard
1 shallot, minced
Salt and black pepper
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese shavings (I just use shredded b/c it's easier)
1/4 c. toasted walnut pieces
1. Place the pear and spinach in a salad bowl and stir to mix.
2. Place the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, and shallot in a small bowl and whisk to mix, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss the salad with enough dressing to coat evenly. Divide the pear salad between bowls and top with the Parmesan shavings and walnut pieces.