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Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Salads are for all year round, but this one is perfect for cooler weather when pears are perfectly in season. Adorn your next holiday table with this bright, balanced side dish.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 338kcal
Author Rachel Ballard


For the salad

  • 4 cups spring lettuce mix about one cup per person
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola any blue cheese will work here
  • 1 Bosc or Bartlett pear cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts preferrably toasted, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries optional

For the dressing


  • In a large bowl toss the lettuce, blue cheese, pears, walnuts and cranberries if using them. Set aside.
  • To make the dressing, mix the maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl with a fork until combined. While continuing to stir, slowly pour in the olive oil until mixed. If it doesn't totally emulsify that's okay.
  • Pour over the dressing just before serving.
  • To make ahead: Mix the salad ingredients and dressing and store separately in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


To make this recipe for a larger crowd, estimate about 1 cup of lettuces per person. 


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2206IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg