Rating: 4.61 stars
107 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

Romaine, blue cheese, chopped pears, walnuts, and red onions, combined with a tangy dressing, make this salad unforgettable. It is a sure hit worth trying!

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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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  • In a small bowl, mix ketchup, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Gradually pour in oil, stirring constantly, until well blended.

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  • In a large serving bowl, toss together lettuce, blue cheese, pears, walnuts, and red onion. Pour dressing over salad, and toss well to coat.

Nutrition Facts

627 calories; protein 7.5g; carbohydrates 43.3g; fat 49.7g; cholesterol 14.2mg; sodium 1197.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (106)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2005
Made this for a family holiday gathering and everyone loved it! Some simple changes made: decreased sugar from 3/4 to 1/2 cup and used sliced almonds in place of walnuts. Only needed to use 50% of the dressing. Will make often! Thanks so much for this delicious recipe! Read More
(84)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/14/2005
Wow this blew me away. I was planning on making a pear - bluecheese - walnut salad but i wasn't sure what dressing to use on it. I tried this and loved it. Unfortunately it takes a disgusting amount of sugar. Read More
(33)
107 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2005
Made this for a family holiday gathering and everyone loved it! Some simple changes made: decreased sugar from 3/4 to 1/2 cup and used sliced almonds in place of walnuts. Only needed to use 50% of the dressing. Will make often! Thanks so much for this delicious recipe! Read More
(84)
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2005
this was a hit! I made it last night when we had guests over and they all couldn't stop telling me how great the taste was! I used feta cheese instead of bleu cheese since I didn't have any and it was still delish! I was making it for 5 people and changed: one head of lettuce no red onion one pear toasted pecans (handful) about 3 ounces of feta. and for the dressing: 3 tbsp. distilled white vinegar 1 tbsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. ketchup 4 tbsp. olive oil. still tasted great!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
Delicious. My housemate first wondered about the addition of ketchup but then everybody kept on wondering what the lovely dressing was made of... Ketchup came as an enjoyable surprise to everyone! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2005
Phenomenal recipe - received rave reviews for this one! I substituted Balsamic Vinegar for White Vinegar and Carmelized Pecans (just melt 1c sugar in pan and toss in pecan halves) for Walnuts. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/14/2005
Wow this blew me away. I was planning on making a pear - bluecheese - walnut salad but i wasn't sure what dressing to use on it. I tried this and loved it. Unfortunately it takes a disgusting amount of sugar. Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2006
This was yummy! I didn't have fresh pears so subbed some canned sliced pears & I subbed white wine vinegar for the distilled white. I also used chopped pecans instead of walnuts...next time I will not chop the pecans as small, I think it needs some bigger chunks. I used gorgonzola cheese & loved the flavor it added & I topped the salad w/ some leftover grilled chicken. This did make wayy to much dressing for the salad put it is a good dressing that can be used for many other salads...it was kinda reminiscent of French dressing but lighter. Served the salad w/ gewurztraminer (a white wine that pairs really well w/ both chicken & pears) & some club crackers & it was a very nice, Spring meal that was super easy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2005
From Lara Mashburn: After making this so many times I agree too much dressing. I use half the dressing and rather than tossing it to coat the salad I let my family drizzle it over the salad. That way you can save the salad for leftovers (even though the pears get a bit soggy) the next day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2004
I definately agree that the dressing should be halved waaaaay too much. I made this salad for our Canadian Thanksgiving and everyone went crazy for it!! I changed it to 8 servings and no one could get enough! Goes great with Turkey! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2005
Really yummy. Next time I will use more blue cheese. Also this makes enough dressing for two salads. Read More
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