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Asian Pear Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese

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This delicious Asian pear salad is made with blue cheese, arugula, frisée, and grapes. It's such a delicious and beautiful salad recipe.

It's a great side salad or could be enjoyed as a light lunch as well!

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Why You'll Love this Asian Pear Salad

This salad has a lovely balance of flavors - from the bitter greens to the sweet grapes and the creamy cheese.

It's topped with an absolutely fantastic wholegrain mustard dressing that I know you'll love.

This recipe is perfect for a dinner party or a holiday meal.

A bowl of lettuce, Asian pears, blue cheese, a half a radicchio, olive oil, grapes, salt and pepper, sugar, mustard, and red wine vinegar.

Ingredients You'll Need

Dressing - To make the mustard vinaigrette you'll need olive oil, red wine vinegar, wholegrain mustard, sea salt, ground black pepper, and sugar.

Leaves - For the greens, you'll need baby arugula, some frisée lettuce, and half a radicchio.

Fruit - You'll use both Asian pears and red grapes to add sweetness to this salad.

Cheese - To add the savory creaminess to this salad, you'll use several ounces of blue cheese.

Four process shots showing making the dressing and putting the salad together.

What Are Asian Pears?

Asian pears are a yellow-green, plump, and juicy pear that's a lot like an apple. They typically have a shape similar to an apple (unlike the typical triangular pear shape).

They're eaten when they're firm and don't need to ripen on the counter like other pears. They're best eaten fresh or in sauces (like Korean barbecue sauce).

Asian pears don't bake well - I would recommend against trying to poach them or use them in a crumble, etc. Their flavor shines in a fresh and crisp salad!

A closeup shot of an Asian pear salad with arugula, blue cheese, and grapes in a white serving bowl.

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Tips for Making this Recipe

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Specialty Ingredients - This is my absolute favorite wholegrain mustard - Maille, Old Style - I highly recommend it!

Storing Tips - This recipe will save in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you're making it in advance, store the dressing separately and dress it before serving.

Cheese Alternatives - If you don't like blue cheese, substitute it for some crumbled feta or shaved parmesan.

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Yield: 4 servings

Asian Pear Arugula Salad

An overhead shot of an Asian pear salad in a white bowl with silver serving spoons.

This delicious Asian pear salad has a great flavor profile and is a wonderful side dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 cups chopped frisée
  • 1/2 head radicchio, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • 3 ounces blue cheese
  • 3 Asian pears, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, wholegrain mustard, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the arugula, frisée, and radicchio to the mixing bowl. Toss to combine with the dressing.
  3. Add the grapes, most of the blue cheese (reserve a little for topping), and most of the pears (reserve several slices for topping) to the bowl. Toss to combine.
  4. Top the salad with the remaining cheese and slices of pear.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 827mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 5gSugar: 14gProtein: 6g

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