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.
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