Pear-Walnut Salad With Artisan Bleu Cheese

“I used mixed greens, pears, honey and bleu cheese-all from Oregon sources in this salad. For alternate versions, try two different varieties of pears. For example, I tested Forelle and Anjou pears. Rogue Creamery artisan cheesemaker supplied the bleu cheese (in particular their Smokey Blue), too. A light dressing tops it off. From a local source. Makes 6 small dinner salads. A perfect salad for a brunch or light meal. Happy 2009!”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 cups assorted greens
  • 2 medium pears, thinly sliced (any variety, read intro)
  • 14 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 12 cup artisan blue cheese
  • Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons honey (soften the honey if necessary to make it easier to whisk) or 2 tablespoons agave nectar (soften the honey if necessary to make it easier to whisk)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste


  1. In a salad bowl, lightly toss the greens with the pears.
  2. In a small non-reactive bowl, combine the honey and lemon juice. Whisk with the salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Pour the dressing over the the greens and pears and toss <<gently>>.
  4. Arrange the salad on six individual salad plates.
  5. Garnish with the walnuts and bleu cheese.
  6. Easy!

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