Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

8 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine October/November 2006

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.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 4 stalks celery, trimmed and cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons cider, pear, raspberry or other fruit vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe pears, preferably red Bartlett or Anjou, diced
  • 1 cup finely diced white Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (see Tip)
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 large leaves butterhead or other lettuce


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

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 210 calories; 13 g fat(4 g sat); 4 g fiber; 20 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 27 mcg folate; 19 mg cholesterol; 14 g sugars; 6 g added sugars; 574 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 154 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 240 mg sodium; 231 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 high-fat meat, 1 fat

Reviews 8

May 06, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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
April 23, 2012
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By: cooking4kids
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.
November 25, 2011
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By: lcl16
Very good alternative to regular fruit salad! Leftover it still has a good taste but the pears do get mushy with time.
June 20, 2010
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By: jcarter
Pretty good but eat it right away so the pears don't get mushy.
May 27, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Got lots of compliments on this one! So good!
April 02, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I've also used CRAISINS instead of raisins. Mmmmmmmm !
March 18, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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!
February 28, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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.