Walnut, Pear, and Blue Cheese Salad

 I love how the crispness of the pears compliments the creaminess of the blue cheese in this salad. But if you don't like the sharpness of blue cheese, simply substitute a lighter goat cheese such as feta or chèvre.

I have become a real fan of flavored balsamic vinegars in recent years, and I'm always looking for new combinations to try on my favorite salads. For this salad, my favorite dressing is a vinaigrette made with one-third Black Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar to two-thirds extra virgin olive oil. Massage the lettuce with the vinaigrette before adding the other ingredients to evenly distribute the flavor.

I always include blueberries in this salad when they are in season, but in the fall I find that the fresh, just-off-the-tree pears are all I want.


Bosc Pear, cut into thin wedges
Blue Cheese crumbles
Walnut pieces
Balsamic Vinaigrette