Pear, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

  • falljunelaker Posted: 11/28/08
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    OK, I had my doubts despite the high ratings b/c I really don't like sweet salads. We had this for Thanksgiving dinner & it was really, really good. A bright, fresh tasting salad that looked festive with the dressing, and was not sweet.

  • weaveaire Posted: 02/08/10
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    I tripled this recipe (AND the dressing) and found that it was FAR too much dressing, which was tasty and got good reviews from dinner attendees. Thankfully, I saved the dressing and used it later in the week. So I would recommend doubling the dressing if/when tripling the salad content.

  • MrsH0507 Posted: 10/07/09
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    I'm not one of those people who goes crazy over salad, but this is truly fantastic. The flavors go together wonderfully! The recipe makes plenty of vinaigrette to keep around.

  • KDesroc Posted: 12/17/09
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    This salad has became part of my annual Christmas Eve dinner since I first used it from the Dec 2001 Cooking Light issue. I make it exactly as the recipe reads and everyone always loves it. I serve it with Seafood Pie, Rice Pilaf and Green Beans with Crushed Walnuts (also from the Dec 01 issue). I recommend buying the pears in advance so they have a chance to often a bit.

  • nadjanovotny Posted: 11/28/11
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    This was terrific! I made it for my family, and everybody loved it! I didn't have any walnuts though, so I used pecans, and I used a honeyed goat cheese instead of blue cheese. It would probably also have been good with blue cheese and walnuts, but I just didn't have them in the house. Fantastic salad, I will definitely make it again.

  • bjane1 Posted: 04/13/13
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    A friend brought this salad to our every Friday Night Pizza dinner last night. It was so good that I looked up the recipe to make myself. I love the idea of serving this around the winter holidays. I agree, there is more dressing than you need.

  • rstarrlemaitre Posted: 01/11/13
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    Absolutely loved the combination of cranberry and ginger in the vinaigrette. I'm not even normally a red onion fan, but they worked great in this salad with the combination of tender pear, salty blue cheese, and toasty walnuts. Very Christmas-y.

  • sirrah231 Posted: 03/22/13
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    This is a standby salad recipe for our holiday menus. I don't change a thing about it. We love it.


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