Pear, Blue Cheese, and Candied Pecan Salad

  • Pear, blue cheese and candied pecan salad is an elegant accompaniment to any main dish

    Happy 2013 all you lovely Table for Two readers!! Are you ready to start writing “2013” on things? I’m probably still going to flub until April or something and continue to write 2012, haha

    I hope you had wonderful festivities this holiday season and got to eat to your heart’s content! I rang in the new year this year in style – my friends and I partied like it was the 1920’s! The 20’s is one of my favorite eras – not sure why, but I really dig the flapper outfits and the headbands. I also LOVE The Great Gatsby so maybe that played a part in my love for the 20’s.

    Let me preface this post with: DON’T ROLL YOUR EYES AT ME. I know you’re seeing a salad on the 2nd day of January and I know you’re probably thinking I’m *trying* to make this all healthy because of everyone’s new year’s resolutions. Well, I’m NOT. I’m partially sharing this because I made it over a month ago and it just happened to get scheduled today and also partially sharing it because I know some of you really do want to make a salad after all the massive intake of sweets & greasy foods over the holidays. So..yeah.

    The reason why I made this was because I had it at Nordstrom Cafe while on a shopping trip with my friend and fell in love with it and HAD to find a way to recreate it at home. I was determined to remake it at home because of how AMAZING it is. It has pears in it, which gave it the ultimate sweet/salty combination and the spicy candied pecans were another great addition to the layers of flavors in this salad. Jason shoveled this salad in his mouth. He declared it “one of the best salads” and that’s a huge statement for a salad.

    If you do make a salad this week, you should add this to your list. It’s a keeper and the dressing goes a long way and you’ll want to put it on EVERYTHING.

    Pear, Blue Cheese, and Candied Pecan Salad

    Pear, blue cheese and candied pecan salad is an elegant accompaniment to any main dish!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
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    Ingredients

    For the salad

    • 10 oz bag of mesclun greens
    • 2 pears, peeled and chopped into 2" cubes
    • 1/4 red onion, sliced
    • 1/3 cup crumbled gorgonzola
    • 2/3 cup maple candied pecans (see below)

    For the maple candied pecans

    • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1/2 cup pecans
    • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

    For the champagne vinaigrette

    • 1 shallot finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
    • 1 clove of garlic, minced
    • 1/2 cup champagne wine vinegar
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

    Instructions

    • To make the candied pecans, in a small saucepan over medium low heat, melt butter then add in maple syrup and pepper. Add in the pecans and toss to coat. Cook for 15 minutes, tossing occasionally so it doesn't burn. Once finished, pour onto an aluminum foil covered baking sheet and set aside to cool.
    • In a mason jar, combine all the ingredients of the champagne vinaigrette & shake to combine everything.
    • In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients, including the now cooled pecans. Pour salad dressing over top (as much as you'd like) and toss to coat.
    • Serve immediately.
    • The salad dressing can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It'll separate if it's been sitting a while. Just bring it to room temperature and shake to mix it all up again for use.
    • If you have leftover pecans, store in an airtight container.

    Notes

    Source: adapted from Creative Culinary

     

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  • Katie says:

    Sounds like you had a great nye! This salad looks delicious (regardless if your trying to eat healthy or not)!

  • Mercedes says:

    My mom makes a salad very similar to this and it is one of my favorite salads-such a great flavor combination! Happy New Year Julie!

  • marla says:

    Now this is reaaalllllly miy kinda salad!! Happy New Year!

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    This salad does look lovely…I wish I could get myself into that salad routine. I like to eat healthy with lots of sugar on the side :-)

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    I love Nordstroms Cafe! It’s the best kept secret in my opinion. This salad looks amazing and so refreshing. Can’t wait to dig in!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Oh yum! Blue cheese and candied pecans are my favorite salad toppings ever!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    This is definitely one of my favourite winter salads!

  • claire (@realnutritioncg) says:

    The perfect New Year New You salad!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I feel like I don’t even know you anymore… a salad?! ;)

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Great looking salad for the start of a new year Julie! Love it :)

  • Maria says:

    I could eat this salad every day!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Julie, how did you know this is my favorite salad EVER?! When I worked in the mall, I’d race across it to try to make it to the Nordstrom Cafe in time to get this salad! And whenever we go out to eat, if there’s a comparable salad on the menu with pears, blue cheese and pecans, I ORDER IT. My favorite in all the land and this looks PERFECT. Plus, hello maple pecans? Amazing.

  • Ashley - bakerbynature says:

    Let’s make a salad and shopping date asap! This salad looks dreamy, Julie! I like.

  • What a stunner! A great way to kick off a healthy new year. :)

  • Sinead says:

    Such a great mix of ingredients – this looks amazing!

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    I love salads loaded with juicy toppings! There’s nothing worse than choking down a plate full of greens. I eat the greens first so I can end with shoveling spoonfuls of the topping in my mouth. Classy, right?

    Happy New Year!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    I love this! It reminds me of a salad I had in Napa, and of course, anything that reminds me of Napa makes me happy :)

  • Heather Christo says:

    What a cute idea for a New Years Party! I love the 20’s too. THis salad looks just beautiful. I love all of the colors, flavors and textures!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    This looks incredible. I want this salad for dinner, like every night! :)

  • Suzanne says:

    Happy New Year – this salad looks amazing and decadent! Can`t wait to try.

  • Kathryn says:

    Such a delicious salad to start the year with! Happy new year Julie, I know 2013 is going to be such an exciting year for you!!

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    This looks awesome Julie! Healthy, but not TOO healthy :) I love me some candied pecans!

  • a farmer in the dell says:

    Thanks for reminding me how simple yet delicious a salad can be. A great meal to start 2013 off on the right foot!

  • Gaby says:

    LOVE this salad!! Anything with blue cheese and candied nuts is a winner!

  • Julia says:

    This is such a gorgeous, fresh and crisp salad! I love how healthy it is and perfect timing for everyone’s new years resolution to eat healthy. I bet it’s filling, too with the pecans and blue cheese! Yum!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    Stuuuuning! I love recreating salads from amazing restaurants. The pecans – love!!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Yessssssssssssssseysyeyseyeyseyes.

    Yes.

    Yes.

  • Leslie says:

    I would be more than happy to gobble up this salad! The dressing sounds amazing!
    Happy New Year

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love this salad, the flavors together are perfection!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    I would never roll my eyes at you. I posted a salad recipe on January 1st! Plus, this looks amazing!

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

    I totally dont mind seeing salad these days and yours looks fantastic. I love salads with fruity and nutty additions :D

  • JulieD says:

    Looks great, Julie! Happy happy new year!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    Those pecans are perfection… wait… this salad is perfection! LOVE!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    Happy New Year Julie! What a fantastic post to start the year off right. I am a huge sucker for creative little salads and blue cheese/pear is such a fantastic combination!! I’ve had a salad like this before with apple, but pear is a clever little change of pace – I need to try this! And I am a huge sucker for candied pecans. :)

  • Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine says:

    Oh my gosh Julie – you just helped solve my problem! I’m having guests for dinner and wanted to start with a fancy salad – this will be perfect – thanks!

  • carrian says:

    I love a simple, lovely salad.

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite says:

    This is my favorite kind of salad…it has all of the elements! I always love the contrast of sharp blue cheese, juicy pears and sweet pecans…yum!!

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl says:

    I love every little thing that’s in this salad!

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs says:

    Oh yes – this is so awesome. Pear and blue cheese, plus pecan – what else should I ask? :) Happy New Year, Julie!

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    I like starting the new year with salads too…it’s a balance after all the junk I ate over the holidays! Love the candied pecans in this one :)

  • Megan @ Country Cleaver says:

    I need a detox and I think this is totally up my post-holiday food alley!

  • nicole @ I am a Honey Bee says:

    ooo i love that you have onions with this salad. love the contrast with the sweet pecans. noms

  • Lovely salad! One of my favorites!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    The 20’s is one of my favorite era’s too! I dont know why, considering the great depression was right after it and all, but cant help myself ;) Your party sounds like it was a ton of fun, and you looked adorable in the outfits you showed! This salad looks seriously awesome. I love the candied pecans and pears. I think I do need a little bit of this in my life after all the holiday eating…

  • Kitchen Rave says:

    I actually followed this exact recipe tonight and must say that this recipe is absolutely amazing. It is just like the salad I get from URBN pizza. The dressing was outstanding and I even had enough to feed a family of six and some dressing and salad left over. Thanks for the awesome recipes!

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