Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 mins

Weight Watchers points per serving: 2 pts

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 59.14 ml pecans (about 1 ounce)
  • 709.77-946.36 ml salad greens, torn
  • 4 bartlett pears
  • 56.69 g goat cheese or 56.69 g chevre cheese
  • 29.58 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 4.92 ml sugar
  • 14.79 ml olive oil


  1. In a small skillet, dry roasted pecans over medium heat for 1 to 5 minutes; stirring frequently. Finely chop.
  2. Meanwhile, arrange ½ cup salad greens on each of eight plates; set aside.
  3. Cut pears in half lengthwise. With a melon baler, remove seeds and make a small, round cavity in each pear half.
  4. Cut cheese into eight pieces; shape each into a ball. Roll in pecans and place one in each pear cavity. Arrange pears on lettuce.
  5. Pour vinegar into a small bowl; add sugar, whisking until dissolved.
  6. Add oil in a fine stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Drizzle evenly over pears; sprinkle with any remaining pecans.
Most Helpful

Well, it seems that none of us can make the recipe as stated. That being said-- yummy!! I also just chopped the pears and tossed with salad, goat cheese, pecans. The dressing did sound really yummy, but I used a bottled raspberry vinaigrette instead. The next time I'm doing a ladies thing, and want a salad to impress, I'll use the whole pear and the goat cheese/pecan ball. But thanks for the great combo of ingredients!

didyb March 22, 2011

so yummy. Didn't quite follow directions. I used kahlua nuts my aunt makes for Christmas instead of making the pecans, sliced up the pears, and used crumbled goat cheese. Didn't make the dressing, but used a leftover sweet balsamic from an italian deli. So yummy, I'll definitely make this again, and try the dressing next time. Thanks for posting

ShortieNJ January 08, 2011

This is a nice salad combination. I didn't make the dressing - I enjoyed mine with a honey mustard dressing. I made half, and discovered I only had one pear, so I used one pear and one apple. After taking another look, I see that I didn't exactly follow the directions for the pears and sliced them up instead - but it was lovely anyway. Thanks for posting!

pattikay in L.A. October 15, 2008