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Spring is the time of year we all get recommitted to eating healthy and exercising more. The weather is nicer and fresh greens become more readily available. As we incorporate salads into our daily meals one of my favorites to include is this delicious spring salad. It is one of my favorite salads, a pear and blue cheese salad with candied nuts. Candied nuts are a wonderful addition to this salad they add a nice crunch and help dress up the salad just a bit. You can read more about making your own candied nuts by clicking here. As you look for a salad to include in your meals try this delicious spring salad. It’s perfect to enjoy with a simple lunch or alongside your dinner. The homemade dressing made with maple syrup is an added bonus! Adding an avocado and dried cranberries is optional, and delicious, addition to the salad.

 

Pear & Blue Cheese Saladdelicious spring salad

 

Ingredients:

1 head of spinach or about 10 oz of fresh salad greens
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1-2 pears, thinly sliced
½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
½ cup candied pecans or walnuts (see my blog for recipe!)
1 avocado, cubed (optional)
¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)

 

Dressing:

¼ cup maple syrup
⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
⅓ cup mayonnaise
¾ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground pepper

 

Layer the greens, onion, pears, blue cheese and, pecans. Add avocado or dried cranberries as desired. Blend the dressing ingredients together in a blender or a small jar. Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving.delicious spring salad

Enjoy!

 

As we enjoy the beautiful spring weather take the time to get outside and go for a walk. Plan your meals ahead of time making healthy choices and be sure to include this delicious spring salad in your menu planning! You’ll be glad you did.candied pecans, pear, salad

 

 

11 comments on “Delicious Spring Salad – Pear and Blue Cheese

Vanessa on May 23, 2017 3:09 am

I love salads like these. Looks so easy to make and delicious and going to give this a try. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

Nancy Wolff on May 23, 2017 12:38 pm

Vanessa,
I don’t always like making salads so when I find one that is simple to put together it’s a winner!

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome on May 24, 2017 2:11 pm

Beautiful salad – and pear goes so well with blue cheese!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

Judee@gluten free A-Z Blog on May 25, 2017 2:14 am

Such a beautiful salad . I love the pear, blue cheese, and pecans. Pinning this one

Nancy Wolff on May 25, 2017 1:14 pm

Thank you Judee, I love simple salads!

April J Harris on May 26, 2017 1:25 am

What a lovely, wholesome salad, Nancy – and I love the dressing! Sharing on our new look Hearth and Soul Facebook page tomorrow afternoon. Thank you so much for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

Nancy Wolff on May 26, 2017 1:11 pm

April,
I love being part of Hearth and Soul!

April J Harris on May 30, 2017 11:37 pm

That’s so lovely, Nancy, thank you 🙂

Michelle on May 26, 2017 3:53 am

This sounds so yummy. I would especially enjoy making it with pears from my pear trees someday. I’m glad I saw it on Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

Nancy Wolff on May 26, 2017 1:10 pm

Michelle,
You are so lucky to have your own pear tress! Enjoy the salad!

Miz Helen on May 30, 2017 8:16 pm

I just love this salad combination! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon.
Miz Helen

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