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Pear Salad with Bleu Cheese and Pecans

This Pear Salad is filled with slices of sweet pears, crunchy toasted pecans, and plenty of bleu cheese crumbles. When tossed with this tangy Dijon Vinaigrette, it's an unforgettable side dish that's on our table every holiday season.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 16 cups chopped romaine and/or baby spinach leaves
  • 3 ripe pears, sliced thin
  • 1 cup bleu cheese crumbles
  • [1 recipe Dijon Vinaigrette]


  • In a heavy skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Toast the pecans for a few minutes and then sprinkle with the sugar and salt. Cook one more minute. Watch carefully so they don't burn. Allow them to cool on paper towels.
  • Place the greens in a salad bowl, top with cooled pecans, pears, and bleu cheese crumbles. Drizzle with vinaigrette before serving. Toss to coat.


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