Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Pepitas

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Enjoy a simple but elegant starter with this Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Toppings. All of it is make ahead so you can enjoy it to the fullest.

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad | Life as Mom

I’ve always been big on salads. Ever since I was a little kid and I packed a green salad with Italian dressing in a reused margarine container in my lunch box. Never mind that it was a little soggy come lunchtime. I loved salad!

For me, the measure of a good restaurant has always been whether or not it has a good salad. Sadly, I have not found too many great salads in San Diego county. Please point me toward one.

I try to enjoy salad all year round. As I’ve shopped through the seasons I’ve learned that you don’t buy those mixed baby greens in the middle of summer. They just don’t stay fresh. But, fall? Fall is a great time to indulge in baby greens. The cooler temps are kinder.

This salad is one that I could eat at anytime of the day, month, or year. (I’d just use romaine or spinach in the summer.) There are all kinds of flavors and textures at play here: soft, juicy pear, crisp greens, the bite of the scallion, the tang of the blue cheese, the kicky sweetness of the maple-spiced pumpkin seeds. This salad rocks.

Fall is a great time to indulge in pears. They are typically really affordable all year round, but you’ll find a tastier selection in fall. Just know that you’ll want to make this salad often. I promise.

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad | Life as Mom

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Originally published November 9, 2011. Updated April 22, 2017.

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad | Life as Mom

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Heidi C says

    YUM! That looks so good! And except for the greens, I have everything in the house to make it!

  2. Cris says

    I have not been a big salad eater for the majority of my life… but recently I discovered homemade dressings and I can’t get enough salad! I am definitely going to check out your dressing recipes 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. You had me at the title! I was NOT a fan of blue cheese until having it with pears in a salad.

  4. Thank you for hosting. I shared my smashed potato gratin recipe. Thanksgiving is coming up so fast I really need to get organized! So many great recipes posted today.

  5. I didn’t grow up with salad on the Thanksgiving table either, but that is one of the dishes that I am taking. I think it is time to break tradition…my family will get over it.

    Thanks for hosting the linky. I posted a favorite fall side dish that would work well with a smaller crowd:

  6. Not usually a big salad eater on Thanksgiving but I love the idea of a LIGHT dish with the big feast. And pears on top, yum! Might have to try a version of this this year.

  7. Jeanine says

    Thanks for the multicultural shout out! Growing up, we would not only have our Thanksgiving turkey, but we would also have homemade pasta, ravioli and gnocci. (And salad last. 🙂 talk about carbo overload!

  8. That looks so good. I’m eating some maple-spiced pepitas as I’m reading this! Thanks so much for the recipe, they are delicious!

    • Jessica Fisher says

      So glad you like them!

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