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5 power salads that won't leave you hungry

By: Enrique Gili on March 5, 2014, 2:16 p.m.
Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

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Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

Sometimes salad can pass as comfort food with the addition of nuts and cheese.

Prep time: 15 minutes 

Total time: 20 minutes 

Yield: Feeds 4 to 6

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad


  • 1 tbs. honey butter
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 4 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups leafy greens romaine, arugula or mesclun
  • 2 Anju pears, rinsed and sliced thin
  • 2 to 4 oz. crumbled blue cheese
  1. Melt honey butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add walnut pieces to pan. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove walnuts from heat and dust with cayenne.
  2. To make dressing, combine the olive oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, shallot in a sealable glass jar. Shake jar, add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Rinse leafy greens and pat dry. In a large salad bowl, combine leafy greens with pears and blue cheese. Add dressing and toss lightly until greens are lightly coated. Plate and serve.