• 1 head of Romaine or Butter lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 2 ripe pears, cored and cut into small chunks
  • ¾ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • ¾ cup Praline Pecans, chopped
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

A sweet and delicious salad with the flavors of summer

Tales of the Dinner Belle

By Brenda Stanley

When the weather is cold, I normally gravitate to dishes that are going to warm me up. However, a fresh and flavorful salad is something I enjoy this time of year because it reminds me of summer. My pear and blue cheese salad is light but full of tasty ingredients, including ripe pears, tangy blue cheese, and crunchy, sweet nuts. It’s a perfect complement to pasta, hearty soups, or really any main dish. So, bring a little sunshine into your winter time meals with the flavors of summer.

Belle’s Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

1 head of Romaine or Butter lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces

2 ripe pears, cored and cut into small chunks

¾ cup blue cheese crumbles

¾ cup Praline Pecans, chopped

For the dressing:

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon honey

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

In a large measuring cup, mix together all the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.  In a large serving bowl, toss together the lettuce, pears, blue cheese, and pecans.  Drizzle the dressing over top and toss to coat.  Serve immediately.