This recipe for pear, blue cheese, and walnut salad with a maple vinaigrette is a classic salad that is packed with so much flavour. Serve on a bed of rocket (arugula) to add pepperiness.
This recipe dates back to the beginning of my blog days and I featured it in my first cookbook. I needed to update the images and wanted to share a video of making it because it’s such a firm favourite. Here is the original image which I still kinda like and feel sentimentally attached to.
The combination of sweet crunchy pears with the umami-laden salty blue cheese is such a perfect flavour pairing.
A handful of raw walnuts give this salad a nutty flavour and amazing texture. Pears and walnuts are another delicious combination that worked perfectly with my pear tartines with blue cheese and honey. Walnuts were scattered over these too.
In the past I made a quick tortilla pizza Bianco using these ingredients to see how that would work. And work, it most certainly did.
This classic pear and blue cheese salad needed a pop of sweetness so I added maple syrup to a very simple vinaigrette. It’s a lovely salad dressing that would go perfectly with any salad that needs a dash of sweetness.
Make the salad up using any nice lettuce leaves you prefer if you don’t like arugula (rocket) or watercress.
What blue cheese to use in this pear salad?
You can use any blue cheese you like in this classic pear and blue cheese salad with walnuts. I love a local Gorgonzola-style cheese called Simonzola from Simonsberg.
If you are a fan of Roquefort cheese, this could work well too.
A few tips on how to make a pear & blue cheese salad
Pears brown quickly so cut them up just before serving. If you need to buy a bit of time, soak them in some slightly salty water or spritz over lemon juice. Do not add too much as it could alter the taste of the salad. You can give them a quick rinse and pat dry before assembling the salad.
Rocket (arugula) and watercress wilt easily so this is the kind of salad you should assemble just before serving.
To easily remove the cores before slicing the pears, use a melon baller.
A few salad recipes you might like:
Pear, blue cheese and walnut salad with a maple syrup vinaigrettePrint Recipe
- 2 generous handfuls rocket leaves of your choice
- 2 pears sliced
- 150 g blue cheese broken into chunks
- 50 g crushed walnuts for sprinkling
- 60 ml olive oil 4 Tbs
- 30 ml red wine vinegar 2 Tbs
- 20 ml maple syrup 1 Tbs and 1 tsp
- 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- Place the salad ingredients in a bowl or arrange on a platter.
- Mix the vinaigrette dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake well before drizzling over the salad.