Roquefort Pear Salad


This is the best salad I've ever eaten and I make it all the time. It is tangy from the blue cheese, fruity from the pears, and crunchy from the caramelized pecans. The mustard vinaigrette pulls it all together.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • 1 head leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

  • 3 pears - peeled, cored and chopped

  • 5 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled

  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced

  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup pecans

  • cup olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons prepared mustard

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces.

  2. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper.

  3. In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, blue cheese, avocado, and green onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

426 Calories
32g Fat
33g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 426
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 654mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 18mg 91%
Calcium 203mg 16%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 478mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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