Crisp pears are tossed with Cheddar cheese and pecans in this delicious salad. For an Italian twist, try a good Parmesan with some toasted pine nuts or to go British use crumbled Stilton and toasted walnuts.

Marie Simmons
Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2006
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Soak celery in a bowl of ice water for 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

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  • Whisk vinegar, honey and salt in a large bowl until blended. Add pears; gently stir to coat. Add the celery, cheese and pecans; stir to combine. Season with pepper. Divide the lettuce leaves among 6 plates and top with a portion of salad. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare salad without pecans up to 2 hours ahead. Stir in pecans just before serving.

Tip: To toast chopped pecans, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

210.1 calories; protein 5.9g 12% DV; carbohydrates 19.8g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 3.7g 15% DV; sugars 14g; fat 13.1g 20% DV; saturated fat 4.3g 21% DV; cholesterol 19.3mg 6% DV; vitamin a iu 573.9IU 12% DV; vitamin c 4.4mg 7% DV; folate 26.9mcg 7% DV; calcium 154.5mg 16% DV; iron 0.6mg 3% DV; magnesium 25.6mg 9% DV; potassium 230.7mg 7% DV; sodium 240.5mg 10% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 8% DV; added sugar 6g.

Reviews (8)

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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2015
Go to Salad! I usually toss the ingredients with chopped Romaine mix the dressing in and use as a greem salad to compliment pretty much any meal. My family loves it! I have made in many times and it's in my keeper file. Pros: fresh healthy Cons: none that I can come up with Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2012
Light and fresh. My new favorite!! nice and refreshing. 1/2 receipt is perfect for one. I used apple cider vinegar. I will try raspberry next time. I also used walnuts instead of the pecans very tasty. A littel messy when you eat it as a lettuce wrap. I will try breaking up the lettuce and eat it as a salad next time. Pros: nice crunch. Cons: Messy to eat. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2011
Very good alternative to regular fruit salad! Leftover it still has a good taste but the pears do get mushy with time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Although I've chosen to omit the cheese and black pepper I LOVE this salad. Perfect blend between the vinegar and honey. Got EXCELLENT reviews at holiday parties. In fact I'm getting ready to make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great!! I didn't have pecans so used walnuts and I used only a dash of salt. I also added raisins which added a nice sweet touch. Definitely would recommend this salad! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've also used CRAISINS instead of raisins. Mmmmmmmm! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Got lots of compliments on this one! So good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Pretty good but eat it right away so the pears don't get mushy. Read More