Pear and Pecan Salad with Crumbled Blue Cheese

Pear and Pecan Salad with Crumbled Blue Cheese

  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook Time:
  • Total: 25 min
  • Serving: Serves 4

Toasted pecans and crisp white pears make the perfect fit. Their blend of flavors combine exceptionally well with the tang of rich blue cheese.



  • 1/2cup shelled pecan nuts, roughly chopped
  • 3 crisp pears
  • 6 oz baby spinach, stems removed
  • 1 escarole or Boston lettuce
  • 1 radicchio
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces coarsely crumbled sharp blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • crusty bread, to serve


  1. In a small sauté pan, lightly toast the pecan nuts to bring out their flavor.
  2. Wash and core the pears, leaving the skin intact. Cut the pears into even slices.
  3. Wash the salad greens and dry in a salad spinner. Place in a large salad bowl and add salt and pepper to taste. Toss lightly.
  4. Add the pears with the toasted pecans, sprinkle on the crumbled blue cheese and drizzle with the olive oil. Serve with warm, crusty bread.


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