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Pear Walnut Blue Cheese Salad

Pear Walnut Blue Cheese Salad is a fresh and delicious mixed green salad with candied walnuts, freshly sliced pear, a homemade salad dressing, and topped with a crumble of blue cheese.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pear walnut blue cheese salad, pear walnut salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 494kcal


  • Candied Walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • Salad Dressing
  • Juice of a lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Salad
  • 5 ounces mixed salad greens package
  • 2 fresh pears, sliced
  • 1 cup candied walnuts
  • cup dried cranberries
  • cup blue cheese crumbles (optional)


  • Using a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add in the 1 tablespoon butter and once it begins to melt add in the ¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon water, and 1 cups walnuts.
  • Stir continuously for about 5 minutes and transfer the candied walnuts to a parchment lined baking sheet in a single even layer and allow them to cool and harden, about 15 minutes.
  • In a blender or food processor, add in the lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon lemon zest, 1 clove of garlic, ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard, ½ cup olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and blend or pulse until the salad dressing is completely smooth.
  • Clean and dry the 5 ounce package of mixed salad greens. Place into a large bowl to assemble the salad. Clean and slice the 2 pears and add on top of the salad greens. Add in the 1 cup of candied walnuts and ⅓ cup dried cranberries.
  • Drizzle on as much of the salad dressing as you would like and toss the salad until everything comes together. Top with the ⅓ cup blue cheese and serve immediately.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.


  • There may be extra salad dressing left, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or jar up to 7 days.


Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg