Recipe by Ann C.
I don't know why this is called Pear Salad because there are no pears in it! However, my father-in-law passed this on to me and it is fabulous! I have been making for get together and everyone asks for the recipe. This is a very "forgiving" recipe as you can substitute just about anything in the salad part of it, its the dressing that really shines! I have used spinach leaves, pineapple, mandarin oranges and feta cheese in place of other ingredients and it made an equally delicious salad. Get creative and enjoy!
Top Review by Marla Swoffer
The key unique ingredient in this sweet and sour dressing is the mayo--it gave it a great taste and texture. For the salad, I used romaine, iceberg, pear (ha!), mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, dried cranberries and gorgonzola. It was wonderful, but next time I'll add red onion to offset the sweet and tart dressing.
- 1 (12 ounce) bag romaine lettuce
- 1 (12 ounce) bag mixed baby lettuces and spring greens
- 1 cup celery, cut thin
- 1 cup bacon bits
- 1 (4 ounce) container gorgonzola, crumbles
- 1 granny smith apple, cut in small chunks
- 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup sliced strawberry
- 1⁄2 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
- 1 cup oil
- 1⁄2 cup cider vinegar
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon celery salt