Poached Pear Salad With Blue Cheese and Champagne Vinaigrette

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Scoutie

This is a nice salad dish for the holiday season or special dinner. Much of this can be made ahead...a real time-saver! They suggest saving the poaching liquid for a spiced-wine spritzer or served warm as mulled wine. I tried the wine spritzer and it was very refreshing. From Bon Appetit December, 2009.

Top Review by mthomas26_6765015

easy, beautiful and amazing. every time i serve this salad, I get rave reviews. It is the best combination of flavors, and is a great salad for a dinner party

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. PEARS:.
  2. Bring first 5 ingredients to boil in large wide saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add pear halves, cut side down. Return syrup to boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered until pears are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
  6. Drain pears.
  7. Leaving top 1 inch intact (at narrow end), cut each pear half lengthwise into thin slices.
  8. Gently press on pear halves to fan slightly.
  10. Whisk shallot, vinegar, and mustard in small bowl to blend.
  11. Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup oil.
  12. Season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper.
  13. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
  14. Place greens in large bowl. Toss with enough vinaigrette to coat.
  15. Mound greens on plates.
  16. Arrange 1 pear half atop greens on each plate.
  17. Sprinkle with walnuts and cheese.
  18. Drizzle with more vinaigrette, if desired, and serve.

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