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Pear, Blue Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad

with Honey White Wine Lavender Vinaigrette

Pear, Blue Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad with Lavender Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

This salad is pleasure food. It feels like purely hedonistic, adult dream-food, yet it’s full of healthy things that are SO good for your body.

It is the mixture of tastes and textures that makes this pear salad so amazing: the softness of the pear with the crunchy greens and nuts, the earthy floral lavender and lightness of the rice vinegar against the smooth fruity oil, the sweet juicy pear contrasting with the salty, tangy blue cheese.

It’s funny that I, someone who was never all that fond of pears, am so pear-obsessed this year, but I’ve discovered that a pear freshly picked from a tree is an almost orgasmic experience. I feel so insanely lucky to have “chanced” upon these pears through my sweet friends (and their friends!). Thank you, Rynn and Kay. You are beautiful people and such sweet friends and I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am for your friendship.

I could drown myself in this salad. And then, do it again.

Pear, Blue Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: as many as you like

Pear, Blue Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad


    For each salad:
  • Mixed greens, enough to make a nice bed of greens
  • 1/2 to 1 ripe, firm pear, cored and sliced
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons candied walnuts (recipe here), broken into smaller chunks
  • Honey White Wine Lavender Vinaigrette (recipe here)
  • For garnish: lavender blossoms or other edible flowers


  1. Make a good bed of greens on your plate or salad bowl.
  2. Arrange the pear slices nicely over the greens. Sprinkle with blue cheese and candied walnuts.
  3. Drizzle with the lavender vinaigrette and garnish with the pretty flowers if you have them.
  4. Serve and savor every bite.


RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Pear, Blue Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad with Lavender Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

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5 Responses

  1. Yum, yum, yum, my fav pairing for a salad!!!

    October 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    • Ann

      Oh thank you so much Tara! Your sweet comment makes me so happy 🙂

      October 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm

  2. I love this! Thank you for sharing with us at Retro RePin. I’m featuring this yummy this week and hope you’ll stop by with another link for us. Have a great week!

    November 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    • Ann

      Yay! Thank you so much, Robin!

      November 14, 2014 at 7:45 am

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