Sunday, 19 July 2015

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

A friend recently asked me why I did not post all my salad recipes on my blog and I realised that I often put salads together just based on what I have on hand or that my favourite salad combos are too simple. So I'm trying to make more of an effort to post them up. This pear, walnut & blue cheese salad is a very simple (not original) salad combination of 4 main ingredients - lettuce, pear, walnuts and blue cheese. I love thinly sliced pears in salads. The crisp sweet bite of pear adds a nice texture and balance to the creamy blue cheese. 

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad
Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

Pear, walnut & blue cheese salad

Serves 4-6 as a side
Prep time: 15 minutes

You will need:
  • 2 small heads of butter lettuce (rocket is also great)
  • 1 firm packham pear
  • 50gm blue cheese (leave out if you can't have cheese and add some extra nuts or seeds)
  • Handful of walnuts (buy on iherb or amazon
  • Sea salt (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar (buy on iherb or amazon) or lemon juice or balsamic vinegar


Method:
  • Wash and spin dry lettuce, place on serving bowl


Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad
Add lettuce
  • Thinly slice pear lengthways using a mandolin, lightly mixed through lettuce 


Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad
Add thinly sliced pear
  • Crumble or slice the blue cheese and scatter over salad


Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad
Add blue cheese
  • Scatter the walnuts over the salad


Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad
Add Walnuts

  • Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp sea salt, then drizzle about 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and 1 tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice. 
  • Toss lightly, taste and adjust if required.
Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad
Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

More salad recipes coming on my recipes page here.

Enjoy! May xx

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