Pear, Blue Cheese, Walnut and Bacon Salad

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 mins

A fresh change of taste. The amount of servings depends on the additions and naturally, whether it's served as a side or main meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients until well blended; set aside.
  2. In a small frying pan set on a medium heat, melt the butter, stir in the maple syrup or honey and then stir in the walnuts. Continue to heat the walnuts, stirring continuously, for approximately 2-3 minutes or until they are fragrant, caramelized and lightly browned. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  3. Place the greens in a large salad bowl or, if individual servings are preferred, distribute them equally among 6 salad plates. Sprinkle over the pears, blue cheese and walnuts. Place over chicken then drizzle with dressing and toss.
  4. Note: I find having the chicken warmed is superior to cold chicken.
Most Helpful

I made a vegetarian version of this salad, obviously by leaving out the bacon and chicken...and it was fantastic! I really really loved it, from the delicately candied walnuts to the creamy blue cheese - mmmm, I wish there was some left over. This would be a fabulous salad to serve on a special occassion - but certainly not that time intensive that you couldn't make it any old time. If I were to change anything, I might just double up on the ingredients to 'candy' the walnuts - they were so darn good I would like a bit more of that flavour in the finished product. Be careful with your pears, sliced thinly they are super delicate. Thanks GailAnn!

magpie diner July 29, 2012

Pears and blue cheese are a match made in heaven and when you add this delicious dressing along with bacon and the walnuts, it definitely makes the salad out of this world good! I did not add the chicken as I served this dish as a side salad, but I'll be willing to bet that with the addition of the chicken, it would make a great light lunch or dinner. Made for New Kids On the Block, March, 2012.

Nancy's Pantry March 26, 2012

Tasty. I only had head lettuce in the house, arugula would have been better. Having no walnuts, I used pecans. Blue cheese, pear and nuts is a clasic profile. Taste wise the bacon in unecessary in this recipe, in my opnion. I chose not to add chicken.

Ambervim October 01, 2012