Roquefort Pear Salad

This is a great salad. It is tangy from the blue cheese, fruity from the pears, and crunchy from the caramelized pecans. The mustard vinaigrette pulls it all together.



1 head leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

3 pears – peeled, cored and chopped

140g Roquefort cheese, crumbled

1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup pecans


1/3 cup De Rustica olive oil

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard

1 clove garlic, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces.
  2. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, blue cheese, avocado, and green onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve.



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