Roquefort Pear Salad


This pear and Roquefort salad is the best salad I've ever eaten — I make it all the time! It's tangy from the blue cheese, fruity from the pears, and crunchy from the caramelized pecans. A drizzle of the mustard vinaigrette pulls it all together.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
close up view of a Roquefort Pear Salad in a white bowl


Caramelized Pecans:

  • ½ cup pecans

  • ¼ cup white sugar

Mustard Vinaigrette:

  • 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 head green leaf lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces

  • 3 medium pears - peeled, cored and chopped

  • 5 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled

  • 1 medium avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced

  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions


  1. Make the pecans: Combine pecans and sugar in a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring gently, until sugar has melted and pecans are caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes. Carefully transfer nuts onto a sheet of waxed paper to cool.

  2. While the nuts are cooling, make the dressing: Whisk oil, vinegar, sugar, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.

  3. Make the salad: Layer lettuce, pears, Roquefort cheese, avocado, and green onions in a large serving bowl. Pour dressing over top.

  4. Break cooled pecans into pieces and sprinkle over salad.

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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