Pear pecan and blue cheese salad

    15 min

    This salad has the perfect combination of flavours and textures. Salad leaves are tossed with red onion, pear, pecans and blue cheese in a sweet and tangy dressing. It's the perfect salad for any day of the week.

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    Makes: 6 

    • 285g mixed salad leaves
    • 60g sliced red onion (optional)
    • 1 pear, cored and sliced
    • 70g chopped sugared pecans
    • 70g crumbled blue cheese
    • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 75ml apple cider vinegar
    • 125ml mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 tablespoons walnut oil

    Prep:15min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Place the salad leaves in a large bowl. Add the red onion, pear, pecans and blue cheese and toss to mix evenly.
    2. To make the dressing, place the maple syrup, vinegar, mayonnaise, dark brown soft sugar, salt and pepper in a liquidiser and blend thoroughly. With the motor running, slowly pour in the walnut oil. Blend until mixture becomes creamy, about 1 minute. Pour over salad and toss to coat greens evenly. Serve immediately.

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    I made this salad to take to a holiday dinner, but I made it first just for my family to make sure that we liked it. I made a recipe to serve 6. When I took the salad to the holiday dinner I increased the recipe to serve 12, but I still made the dressing according to the recipe for 6 and there was plenty of dressing for the larger amount of salad ingredients. This is our new favorite salad recipe. I was a little hesitant when I started pricing walnut oil at the grocery stores, but I saw it at three different stores for 3 different prices ranging from $3.99-$11.95. I would definitely use the walnut oil and not substitute another type of oil. I can't wait to find more recipes calling for walnut oil. It really adds a nice touch.  -  17 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Cha-ching! I loved this - everyone loved it. Only thing I did differently is I subbed honey for the maple syrup which I always do when it's called for in any recipe and I used just a bit less brown sugar. I can't stand the flavor of maple syrup anywhere but on my pancakes. This dressing was excellent, unique and complimented the ingredients of this salad perfectly. This will be made often. Thanks Sperl25.  -  29 Jun 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Better than 5 stars!!! I made this salad exactly as it's listed and it was awesome. I had a ton of dressing left over. Since there are so many great ingredients and flavors in this salad a little bit of dressing went a long way. All of the ingredients in this salad complimented each other. I will pass this recipe off to my friends and definitely make again.  -  14 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)