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Pear, Almond + Blue Cheese Salad

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
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Why we love it:

As a full meal, this is a very light dinner, but sometimes it is exactly what you need. Check the substitutions for ideas on how to add to it if you’re craving more. This is a classic combo with an incredible combination of flavors.


  • 14 Shallot
  • 14 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 12 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 12 teaspoon Honey
  • 14 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 14 teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly ground)
  • 14 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Pear (ripe - Bosc or Bartlett variety)
  • 8 ounces Spring Mix Salad Greens (or baby arugula or kale)
  • 1 cup Almonds (Marcona)
  • 14 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 4 ounces Blue Cheese

Cooking Instructions


    Finely mince the shallot. Prepare the dressing by adding all ingredients - balsamic, Dijon, honey, salt, pepper, and shallot to a jar (or mixing bowl) and shake vigorously (or whisk) to combine. Add the olive oil and shake or whisk until it’s thick and consistent. Set aside.

  • 2. PEAR

    Slice the pear into cubes or slices.

  • 3. GREENS

    Wash and dry greens if needed. Toss in a bowl. Add the almonds, chopped pear, and cranberries.

  • 4. CHEESE

    Slice into thin squares to serve like the photo - or crumble in for a more casual presentation.

  • 5. SERVING

    Toss with balsamic vinaigrette and serve.

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    a high quality DF cheese would work here, otherwise omit cheese and try adding roasted cauliflower florets or crispy tofu
    omit almonds and try pepitas or sunflower seeds
    seared shrimp, smoked salmon, sauteed filet of salmon, roasted halibut, or seared scallops alongside the salad
  • PEAR:
    apple, pomegranate, persimmons, mandarin slices
    walnuts, pecans, regular almonds, pistachios, or cashews would all be good, just look for roasted and salted - or roast them first
    goat cheese, pecorino, feta, or slices of brie
    add roasted rounds of sweet potatoes, cauliflower florets, wedges of acorn squash, cubes of butternut squash, seared brussels sprouts. Any of these add a little protein and make it more filling
    add a scoop of brown rice, lentils, wheat berries, barley, or quinoa
  • TOFU:
    pan sear tofu and add on top, tastes delicious with the dressing

Kid Friendly Version

How to Tweak This Recipe for Kids:

  • keep components separate. Use cheese the kids will enjoy. A side of pasta, spaghetti squash noodles, a fried egg, or simply garlic bread round out the meal

Prep Ahead & Use It Up

Whisk up the vinaigrette

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