Tuesday, January 08, 2013


Sorry this is a short-on-pictures post!  But this was something I was burning to share with you!  Read on...

During the holidays, we received a delicious box of the juice-is-dripping-down-your-chin type of pears and they came with a wonderful salad dressing recipe that I just had to share--it is one of the top TWO salad dressings I've ever made.

For the dressing:
¼ cup Champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¾ cup walnut oil
Whisk together the first five ingredients.  Gradually whisk in the walnut oil.

For the salad:
1 head butter or other lettuce, wash and dried
2 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
2/3 cup blue cheese
2/3 cup candied nuts or toasted walnuts
Gently tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces.  Arrange on four chilled plate Place fans of pear slices on lettuce.  Crumble blue cheese evenly on top.  Drizzle the dressing generously over the salad.  Sprinkle with nuts and serve immediately.  

I didn't have blue cheese for the salads, but I did have feta and used it.  I also substituted toasted pecans for the candied nuts--all without sacrificing anything.

Today I accidentally added the leftover salad dressing to a pot of split pea soup!  It added a little tang and was delicious!

If you're still reading, I know you're a faithful follower and I appreciate it!  Till next time...

P.S.  Had an exciting weekend painting a picture with friends...


  1. That salad dressing sounds REALLY delish - thanks so much for sharing - so nice to add to the list of "make soon" recipes!

    I adore your pictures, how neat, a class, huh?

    What fun, I would love to do that, I can't paint worth a brush stroke, and that is the truth of it.

  2. Good Morning Robin, Good Morning to you, I have found you via Babs at Upstairs Downstairs and I am so glad I have. You got my attention when I read champagne vinegar! The salad is interesting with the addition of candied nuts and certainly one I am going to try as it sounds delicious. I have enjoyed reading your blog and have become your newest follower. Best Wishes from England. Daphne

    1. Thank you so much for the follow and for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this dressing as much as I do. Best wishes from the middle of the US!

  3. I would love the dressing, too. I need to get back in the habit of eating more salads!

  4. Robin,this sounds lovely,a must try as we are quite into salads at the moment as it's very hot here. I'm visiting from Have a Daily Cuppa Mrs Olson. x

  5. I love pears. My sister makes a salad similar to this and it is indeed delicious. Thanks for sharing. I found you via Share Your Cup

  6. Hi Robin, this sounds so yummy. I have a salad recipe very similar but the dressing you used is very unique. I love candied nuts and feta in my salads. Made one for lunch yesterday with a group of friends. I will be trying this. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup. The painting looks fun. Is it a painting class?

  7. Thanks for the delicious sounding recipe, I love easy home made salad dressing, and pears with walnut oil sounds yum, but I bet its good on any combo!

  8. That sounds yummy! I make a similar salad and dressing that is one of our favorites. I often add chicken to make it a complete meal. Thanks for sharing!


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