Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Big thanks to Meredith at Stocking the Larder who steered me to a recipe at this site which led me to make the wonderful salad pictured here, hence using up a smidgen of what's pictured here, which appears to be a major preoccupation of mine these days.
And if you couldn't follow that: cheese. My preoccupation is with cheese.
Blue cheese, to be specific.
Here's my simplified version of this salad:
Go out in the backyard and pull up a wad of this. Rinse well, pat dry, put in bowl. In small bowl, stir together 1 T. mayonnaise
1 T. vinegar (recipe called for Champagne vinegar; I used balsamic)
3 T. olive oil
Pour over lettuce.
Take one jar or can of pears and slice a bunch of them about 1/4-inch thick. Fan the slices over the lettuce.
In small frying pan, over med.-low heat, toast
1/4 c. walnuts, chopped
for about 3 minutes ("until they are fragrant," say the instructions). Sprinkle nuts over the salad.
Now here's the best part: Sprinkle
1/4 c. blue cheese, crumbled
over lettuce, pears, and nuts.
That's 1/4 c. of blue cheese we're using up, people. Do I hear the marching band blasting out a chorus? Do I hear a woo hoo? Do I hear an Amen, sister?
OK. I think we can all rest easier now. More blue cheese updates to come.

NOTE: Go check out A Slew of Summer Salads at A Heart for Home for more great salad ideas.



Blogger DarcyLee said...

This sounds very good! Love that cheese!

In answer to your question on my site, Julie at has a recipe for making the yogurt with 2% milk. I'm not sure about the lowfat or skim milk. I think there may not be enough fat in it to thicken properly. Whole fat, natural yogurt has to be used for the Greek yogurt because the nonfat kind has gelatin in it and it won't drain.

Have a great weekend!

May 1, 2009 at 3:44 AM  
Blogger Heather S-G said...

mmmmm....cheese! Sounds delicious, and I've been known to go on cheese overload myself now and again!

May 1, 2009 at 4:00 AM  
Blogger Tim, Allyson, and kids said...

This looks delicious! We'd love for you to add a link to this post to the A Slew of Summer Salads Carnival on our blog. That way it'll be easy for us to keep track of this recipe and let more people find it.

There's even a button on our blog to help spread the word about the carnival.

May 1, 2009 at 5:01 AM  
Blogger Sherri Murphy said...

I enjoy a good interesting salad and looks like this one fits both catagories for me.


May 1, 2009 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hey Lynn,

This salad sounds yummy. I love the fact that it uses canned pears. How easy is that? I'll be back to check out the rest of your blog soon. Now I'm off the bank before it closes.


May 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Ruby said...

I like interesting salads too.
This one looks nice, however blue cheese is a new experience for me.
Perhaps I'll venture out and get some.
Because our winter so mild her :o) we eat salads all year round.

May 1, 2009 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Looks great! I'll have to give THAT one a try now. Great job on using your blue cheese! :)

May 2, 2009 at 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lynn -- I will definitely try this salad. We love blue cheese, and I especially like pears in a salad. Thanks! :)

May 5, 2009 at 6:13 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Ruthie said...

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Your book is a blessing!
Aunt Ruthie (aka Ruthann)

May 11, 2009 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Aunt Ruthie, how can I thank you for the wonderful video clip and review you did of Queen of the Castle!? Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. And that doesn't nearly begin to cover it ;) I am so glad you enjoyed the book, and I appreciate so much your endorsement. And btw, your new blog look? SO cute. Your son did a beautiful job on the implementation, too.

In sum, Aunt Ruthie: thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! And everyone who hasn't yet checked out -- go make a visit! And prepare to stay a while because it's a fantastic site, with inspiring photos about family and home, ideas for making things cute and homey, reviews, videos, even a message board. Heaven on earth.

May 11, 2009 at 3:53 PM  

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