In the movie Ratatouille, the little chef Remy rejoiced in discovering the pleasures of combining certain foods to maximize their flavors. He would have certainly done his happy dance after trying this Pear and Blue Cheese Salad!
When brought together on one plate, the five simple ingredients used in this recipe create an explosion of taste and texture that put it in my top five list of the best salads ever!
As true with many salads, you can adjust the amounts according to your tastes. To make enough for two people, I’m using:
- 3 ounces of salad greens
- 1 pear
- 3 ounces of blue cheese
- 1/4 cup of pecans
- 2 Tablespoons of salad dressing
I used Stilton blue cheese. There are many varieties of blue cheese available at the grocery store, all with a slightly different flavor; some much stronger than others. The price of blue cheese can vary dramatically depending on where it is from. If in doubt as to which one to buy, ask the person in charge of the cheese counter to explain them. They may even offer you a taste test!
A simple vinaigrette salad dressing is all you need for this salad. You can make it yourself or buy your favorite brand.
Slice the pear in half and remove the core. I used a small paring knife and a melon baller to remove the core.
Once the core is removed, you can cut the pear into slices or chunks. To add a bit of a fancy touch to the look, I cut the pear into slices, leaving 1/4 inch at the top uncut. You can then fan the pear out on the plate.
Assemble the salad right on the individual serving plate. Start with the lettuce, then add the pears. Crumble the blue cheese and dot it around the plate, then sprinkle on the pecans. Finally, drizzle on some salad dressing.
You can serve this salad with some crusty bread and a glass of wine.
Lunch is ready!
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