Arugula-Pear-Blue Cheese Salad

Arugula-Pear-Blue Cheese Salad Recipe
Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
A classic Arugula-Pear-Blue Cheese Salad pairs perfectly with most entrees. For a more pungent flavor, use gorgonzola cheese.


Makes 8 servings
Total time: 15 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 15 Minutes


1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. pear preserves
1/2 cup Champagne vinegar
1 shallot, sliced
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
8 cups loosely packed arugula
2 Bartlett pears, cut into 6 wedges each
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts


1. Process 1/4 cup preserves and next 5 ingredients in a food processor 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth. With processor running, pour oil through food chute in a slow steady, stream, processing until smooth. Transfer to a 2-cup measuring cup or small bowl, and stir in remaining 2 Tbsp. pear preserves.

2. Place arugula in a large serving bowl. Top with pears, blue cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle with vinaigrette.

Jackie Mills,

Southern Living

December 2012
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