Roquefort pear and pecan salad

Roquefort pear and pecan salad


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About this recipe: This salad has the perfect combination of flavours and textures. It's fruity, sweet, tangy and crunchy. Lettuce is layered with pears, Roquefort, avocado and spring onions, drizzled with a mustard dressing and scattered with caramelised pecans. It's the perfect summer salad to be enjoyed anytime of the year. Serve as a side dish or starter.

Michelle Krzmarzick

Makes: 6 

  • 1 head leaf lettuce, such as curly or round lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 3 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 145g Roquefort cheese, crumbled
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 50g thinly sliced spring onions
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 60g pecans
  • 75ml olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, stir 4 tablespoons sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelised the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto greaseproof paper. Allow to cool and break into pieces.
  2. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, blue cheese, avocado and spring onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans and serve.

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Reviews (2)


I made this salad for a dinner party and my guests were reaching for the bread to scrape their plates clean! I urge you to try it. It was different and absolutely delicious! The pecans added crunch, the pears were a juicy and flavourful addition and the vinaigrette with the hint of mustard was just right. I used Romaine lettuce (for more crunch appeal) but I didn't put in the avocado as I thought that might make it just a bit too filling for a starter. I think it unnecessay to layer the salad - I chucked all the ingredients into a big salad bowl, tossed it well and served it. - 25 Jan 2014


I have been making this salad for several years and it is always a big hit with many people telling me it is their favorite salad ever - even months after having it. I would recommend following the recipe just as it is for the best results! If you have never caramelized pecans the way this recipe tells, it is a little intimidating the first time - but be patient with the stirring and watching and adjusting the heat to keep the sugar melting. I use parchment paper when they are done, You do not need to add water or butter as I have heard some people want to do. Let the heat do the work on the sugar. You'll be a pro at it in no time. I like to do extra to have on hand for the next time around when short on time. I also make extra dressing to save time if I know I will be making the recipe again soon. So delicious! And beautiful! - 02 Nov 2014

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