Pear and Walnut Salad. Scrumptious, unique and interesting. A delightful addition to any meal.
Pear and Walnut Salad is a terrific way to celebrate National Pear Month.
This scrumptious Pear and Walnut Salad recipe comes from my good friend, Maggie Stoffel. She is an amazing and inventive cook. I love it when she cooks for me and my family. It’s an interesting combination of fruit, cheese, nuts and greens. I know you’re gonna wanna eat this. I do. Enjoy! It’s a terrific salad on its own or as a complement to a main course like California Artisan Pizzas.
Although I cannot eat cow’s milk cheese, I can eat goat cheese. Can you? Read the labels to make sure the cheese is right for you.
What You Need
Buy the best kitchen tools you can afford. Whether you like to cook or just need to do it, you will have them a long time. So spend the extra bucks and buy good ones. For this recipe you need a knife, cutting board, whisk, measuring cups and spoons and a salad bowl.
Pear and Walnut Salad Recipe
Pear and Walnut Salad
- 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup fig preserves
- 1/2 cup walnut oil
- 2 pinches each powdered ginger, cayenne pepper, allspice and cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 Bosc pears (red are prettiest for this salad)
- 2 cups mixed spring greens or half baby spinach/half baby arugula
- 3 oz gorgonzola or crumbled feta
- 1 cup toasted walnut pieces
- fresh thyme leaves
Make the vinaigrette by whisking the five vinaigrette ingredients together until they are completely combined.
- Arrange greens in the bottom of the bowl; a wide shallow bowl works nicely.
Cut, core and slice the pears into a separate bowl.
Toss the pears with the vinaigrette.
- When you are ready to serve, arrange the pears on the greens.
- Pour any remaining pear juice/vinaigrette over the fruit and greens.
Top the salad with the walnuts and the cheese of choice.
Sprinkle a few fresh thyme leaves on top for added flavor and color.
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Recipe Nutrition Information
This recipe is GF, SF, EF, V*
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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GF = Gluten free | DF = Dairy free | NF = Nut free | SF = Soy free | EF = Egg free | CF = Corn free | V = Vegetarian | VG = Vegan
Note: If you have serious allergies or sensitivities, to be considered free of these allergens, you need to use products specifically marked “gluten free,” etc. There can be cross-contamination in facilities.
This recipe was originally posted on Recipe Idea Shop in 2011 and updated December 1, 2020.