Pear & Bleu Cheese Salad

We made this pear salad for our Thanksgiving feast and it has become our new absolute favorite salad! It is so flavorful and delicious, balancing sweet and savory. I seriously could eat this whole salad at once! ;) Just had to pass on the recipe for your own enjoyment. You can make it lovely and festive with dried cranberries and avocado as well.

Ingredients:

1 bag (10 oz) fresh salad greens, or 1 head spinach
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1-2 pears, thinly sliced or cubed
1/2 cup bleu cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup candied pecans or walnuts (make your own here)
1 avocado, cubed (optional)
1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Dressing:

1/4 cup maple syrup or honey (preferably raw)
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (preferably raw)
1/4 cup olive oil (preferably cold pressed)
1/3 cup mayonaise
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Directions:

1. Layer the mixed greens, onion, pears, bleu cheese, pecans. Add avocado or dried cranberries as desired.
2. Blend the dressing ingredients together in a blender. Pour over the salad just before serving.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

5 Responses to Pear & Bleu Cheese Salad

  1. Rebekah December 3, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    This sounds wonderful. I’d love to try the vinaigrette, especially– cider vinegar would really be delicious!

  2. McKella December 2, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    This looks amazing! Kind of like my favorite salad from my favorite restaurant. I feel strange when I crave light, cool, raw things like this when it’s cold outside, but sometimes nothing beats a fresh green salad in the middle of a holiday buffet.

  3. Lacey Wilcox December 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    This sounds so good–and what a fresher way to enjoy the holidays…if it wasn’t 10:00 at night, I would seriously consider making some right now :)

  4. Beth December 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I’ve been making a similar salad that I’ve been calling Harvest Salad. It’s lettuce/spinach, feta (my husband does not care for the yummy bleu cheese), avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries, pears, and turkey bacon. Delcious!! We use a poppy seed dressing.

  5. Dionna December 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Just discovered your blog for the first time and wanted to say hello! :)