This salad brings together ingredients that really enhance each other, and the dressing packs a perfect punch with maple syrup, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. It's a favorite in my family!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the salad greens in a large bowl. Add the red onion, pear, pecans, and blue cheese, and toss to mix evenly.

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  • To make the dressing, place the maple syrup, vinegar, mayonnaise, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in a blender, and blend thoroughly. With the motor running, slowly pour in the walnut oil. Blend until mixture becomes creamy, about 1 minute. Pour over salad mixture, and toss to coat greens evenly. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

397 calories; protein 8g; carbohydrates 25.3g; fat 30.2g; cholesterol 15.4mg; sodium 630.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2007
I made this salad to take to a holiday dinner but I made it first just for my family to make sure that we liked it. I made a recipe to serve 6. When I took the salad to the holiday dinner I increased the recipe to serve 12 but I still made the dressing according to the recipe for 6 and there was plenty of dressing for the larger amount of salad ingredients. This is our new favorite salad recipe. I was a little hesitant when I started pricing walnut oil at the grocery stores but I saw it at three different stores for 3 different prices ranging from 3.99- 11.95. I would definitely use the walnut oil and not substitute another type of oil. I can't wait to find more recipes calling for walnut oil. It really adds a nice touch. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2010
I have made this salad but used Poppyseed Dressing in a bottle. Found that using 1/2 bottle was just right. For those who don't want to go to the trouble of making their own dressing this is a quick and delicious option and you can control how much dressing to use. I've also used Bartlett and Anjou pears as well. Read More
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288 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 265
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2007
I made this salad to take to a holiday dinner but I made it first just for my family to make sure that we liked it. I made a recipe to serve 6. When I took the salad to the holiday dinner I increased the recipe to serve 12 but I still made the dressing according to the recipe for 6 and there was plenty of dressing for the larger amount of salad ingredients. This is our new favorite salad recipe. I was a little hesitant when I started pricing walnut oil at the grocery stores but I saw it at three different stores for 3 different prices ranging from 3.99- 11.95. I would definitely use the walnut oil and not substitute another type of oil. I can't wait to find more recipes calling for walnut oil. It really adds a nice touch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2009
Cha-ching! I loved this - everyone loved it. Only thing I did differently is I subbed honey for the maple syrup which I always do when it's called for in any recipe and I used just a bit less brown sugar. I can't stand the flavor of maple syrup anywhere but on my pancakes. This dressing was excellent, unique and complimented the ingredients of this salad perfectly. This will be made often. Thanks Sperl25. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2008
Better than 5 stars!!! I made this salad exactly as it's listed and it was awesome. I had a ton of dressing left over. Since there are so many great ingredients and flavors in this salad a little bit of dressing went a long way. All of the ingredients in this salad complimented each other. I will pass this recipe off to my friends and definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2010
This is my favorite salad to make but definitely just use half the dressing or it is too 'soupy' and lettuce will become wilted. I don't keep walnut oil on hand so I use olive oil in the dressing and it is just fine. I make this as a main course by adding about 1/4 cup dried cherries or cranberries torn rotisserie chicken that I pick up at the store and serve it with a baked sweet potato. For the candied pecans I use the Spicy Mixed Nuts from this site. It's an easy and delicious meal that doesn't keep me in the kitchen after working all day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2009
My family and I love this recipe with a few simple adjustments. First we double the amount of salad because the amount of dressing this makes is way too much for just one bag. Or we refrigerate the unused dressing a air tight container. Second I don't use the red onion. Third and most importantly I just use 1/6 cup of apple cider vinegar or the flavor is overwhelming. Oh and baby greens or spring mix are the best mixes for this salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2009
I made this salad for a gathering and it was the hit of the meal. Everyone asked for the recipe and on a scale of 1 to 10 said it was an 11. Here are my modifications. I did not candy the pecans. Just roasted at 375 for about 6-8 minutes. I had to switch the cheese to feta for one person and I think blue cheese would be better but for those who don't like blue cheese this is still a great option. I also used light mayo but did buy roasted walnut oil and pure maple syrup for the dressing. The second time around I don't think pure maple syrup is necessary. And EVOO could be fine as a substitute for the walnut oil but maybe not quite as good. It makes enough for more than two salads but I can't wait to eat some tonight with dinner. Really yummy. It may be my new go-to salad recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2009
I looked for this recipe after having something similar at a fancy French dinner party. I made the recipe as is with the exception of roasting the pear slices in the oven. It's a little extra work but I think the flavor and "wow" factor are definitely worth it! I thinly sliced the pears sprayed both sides with olive oil from a can (or you could brush or toss with olive oil) and layed them in a single layer in a 9 X 13 baking dish. Cooked them at 400 degrees for 15 minutes turned and cooked for another 5 minutes. Those are the times that worked in my oven but I would suggest keeping an eye on them. I cooked them until they were tender and just beginning to brown/caramelize. I fanned four pear slices out on top of each salad for a pretty garnish and delicious flavor! This salad is AWESOME. You feel more like you're eating a dessert than a salad. I did have leftover dressing but it didn't last long. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
great salad didn't change a thing except used pancake syrup instead of real maple and it was just fine on the sweet side but delicious!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2011
Yum! So easy and really tasty. The dressing is delicious on any salad. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2010
I have made this salad but used Poppyseed Dressing in a bottle. Found that using 1/2 bottle was just right. For those who don't want to go to the trouble of making their own dressing this is a quick and delicious option and you can control how much dressing to use. I've also used Bartlett and Anjou pears as well. Read More
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