You Want a Reason to Eat Blue Cheese

April 17, 2009 by

Yep, sometimes we just need a reason to eat blue cheese.

And if putting it on a salad makes us feel better about it, so be it.

We prefer not be judged.

** Attention Blue Cheese Haters, Vegans, and the Lactose Intolerant **

Don't worry, my husband loves this salad without the blue cheese.  You're in the clear on this one.

But back to my fellow blue-cheese lovers ...

It's that combination of the strong blue cheese flavor, paired with a sweet fruit flavor that makes your mouth water.  And then possibly paired with a full bodied red wine!

And since we can't live on cheese plates alone (ha!), sometimes we have to look for clever ways to enjoy the flavor without completely throwing caution to the wind and indulging every day.

This salad gives you a reason to enjoy blue cheese on a random weekday, makes a rather ordinary dinner feel a little more special, and takes VERY little effort on your part.

The perfect win-win-win!

So the next time you need a reason to eat blue cheese, and your next wine and cheese night is more than a day away, relax.  You have the perfect recipe.

Until our next meal,


Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with

Cider Vinaigrette Dressing

Salad Ingredients:

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

  • 1 Medium Bunch Romaine
  • 2 Medium Red or Green Pears
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts

Cider Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbs Honey or Agave Nectar


  1. Pour all of the cider vinaigrette ingredients into a container with a tight-fitting lid.  Shake well until blended.  (Shake again before pouring over salad)
  2. Tear salad leaves into bite-size pieces and place mounds on individual plates.
  3. Dice pear into bit-size pieces and add on top of romaine.
  4. Sprinkle nuts over the salad, followed by the blue cheese.
  5. When ready to serve, shake the vinaigrette again and drizzle over the salads.   
  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes

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