Spinach and Pear Salad

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by SharleneW

You can either toss this salad or serve it arranged on individual plates. If you are arranging it on plate, be sure to toss a small amount of dressing with pears to keep them from browning.

Top Review by sugarpea

Excellent salad! Dh is allergic to hazelnuts so I used roasted cashews and walnut oil. This recipe has all the flavor and complexity of others that take a lot more time and effort. This is quite easy to put together, but then I didn't have to toast the nuts. Highly recommended!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 6- to 8-inch frying pan over medium heat, stir hazelnuts often until golden under skins, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Pour onto a towel and let stand until cool enough to handle.
  3. Rub nuts in towel to remove ay loose skins.
  4. Lift nuts from towel and reserve; discard skins.
  5. Coarsely chop nuts.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk vinegar, oil and mustard to blend.
  7. Cut pears lengthwise into quarters and core.
  8. Cut quarters lengthwise into thin slices.
  9. Drop slices into bowl and mix to coat with dressing.
  10. (this step helps keep pears from browning) Add spinach and mix gently.
  11. Sprinkle with blue cheese and roasted nuts and mix gently.
  12. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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