Pear, walnut and blue cheese salad

A classy salad to take to the office or indulge in while home alone. Also goes down well at Christmas, as a starter with a good creamy Stilton cheese. Tangy blue cheese offset with delicately sweet pear and the creamy bitterness of delicious walnuts.
Serves: 2 • Prep time: 10 mins • Easy 
  • 6-8 toasted walnut halves
  • 2 handfuls of salad leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp of dressing (see instructions below)
  • 1 large pear, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 50g blue cheese, crumbled
  • thinly sliced red onion or chopped spring onion – optional
  • 2-3 tbsp of quality balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp of dijon mustard
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped (buying shallots chopped and frozen is easier)
Make the vinaigrette by blending all its ingredients with a hand blender or food processor.

Mix the salad leaves with most of the vinaigrette and divide between two plates.

Add the sliced pear and crumbled cheese, and the sliced onion or spring onion if you’re using it.

Finish with the chopped walnuts and a drizzle of the remaining vinaigrette.
Nutrition info
Blue cheese is a fantastic source of beneficial bacteria to arm the gut against the baddies! Walnuts are a great source of Omega 3 fats, which support a healthy nervous system and address the common imbalance between omega 3 and 6 which can cause inflammation.

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I was too deeply immersed in my salad to say his full name.
Emma Iadanza
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