This salad is a classic fall pairing of walnuts, blue cheese, and pears, but with a twist: spiced poached fruit. The poaching liquid is also used in the dressing, for twice the spiced flavor.
Game plan: Though it’s fine to toss everything together, some ingredients in the salad may get lost in the bottom of the bowl, so we opt for serving it composed (a.k.a. arranged).
What to buy: Piccante blue cheese is older than the sweeter dolce variety and has a washed rind that is thicker and drier. The cheese delivers a spicy flavor and strong aroma that complement the vinaigrette.
This recipe was featured as part of our Fall Ingredients recipe slideshow.
For the dressing:
To assemble the salad: