Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Total Time
12 Mins
4 servings

This salad combines the peppery bite of arugula with the sweetness of juicy pears and the earthy crunch of walnuts. If you can't find Bosc pears, Anjou or Starkrimson are also good choices for salads.

How to Make It

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add arugula and pears to bowl; toss to coat. Place about 1 1/2 cups salad on each of 4 plates; sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon walnuts.

Ratings & Reviews

Great flavors

May 12, 2015
We really liked the salad, nice and light, great blend of flavors.  I usually don't like foods with pears because they are so mild they get lost, but not in this salad.  Definite regular recipe for our house.

dwrona's Review

October 15, 2013
This is a great easy salad. The arugula walnut and pears are a perfect complement to the delicate yet flavorful dressing.

karen271's Review

August 16, 2013
Very light and tasty salad! I used light olive oil the first time I made it, then extra virgin as per the recipe the second time; my husband and I liked the light version better! Also, not being too pear savvy, I used Barlette pears; I will try Bosc next time if I can find them. Sprinkled a little goat cheese on it before serving. I actually made the dressing for the full recipe but only used half the amounts of pear and arugula, and it worked well for us.

EileenNJ's Review

November 18, 2012
I've made this a few times and always come back to it since it's so good. You can use firm apples instead of pears, and I've made it with baby mixed lettuces also. I've served it at parties and it was gobbled up. Sometimes I use pear vinegar instead of white wine vinegar.

ewarnock's Review

October 03, 2011
I go back to this salad over and over again. It is a favorite in my home.

quikgourmet's Review

March 30, 2011
This salad is so fresh! I dump the arugula, pears, and walnuts in a big salad bowl, mix with about half the dressing, and save the rest for another salad. Try this if you think the dressing is too oily.

carolfitz's Review

December 12, 2010
With such a simple salad everything has to be the best to shine. Made to recipe proportions two ways. One all arugula & one with baby mixed greens for arugula-haters. Also made dressing two ways, one all olive oil for the arugula & one half olive/half walnut oil for the greens. Both versions were lovely. Served with CL's roasted beef tenderloin with merlot shallot sauce & CL's risotto with porcini. Recommend serving this salad after these kinds of "mains," rather than as first course.

ChefMcIntyre195's Review

July 07, 2010
I wish I had read the reviews first. It was a bit oily. I will cut down to 1 tbsp next time. Very easy to make and great taste.

Ltoeat's Review

June 05, 2009
The dressing is too oily.

NineLittleDogs's Review

May 23, 2009
Unbelievably good - the taste was light and refreshing! I made it for a dinner party with Arugula as it calls for but used toasted sunflower seeds and topped with Blue Cheese. Everyone loved it. I served this with Sesame Crusted Tuna - good compliment. This is now one of my FAVORITES.