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Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


My favorite pear salad recipe that’s easy to make with avocado, gorgonzola, candied walnuts…and always a crowd fave!



Salad Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces salad greens, chopped (I used half baby arugula, half little gem lettuce)
  • 2 large ripe pears, diced
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces candied walnuts* (I made a half batch of this recipe)
  • 4 ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese

Dijon Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper


  1. Make the vinaigrette: Add the vinaigrette ingredients to a mason jar, cover, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds until combined.  (Alternately, you can whisk the ingredients together in a bowl until combined.)
  2. Toss the salad: Add salad greens, pears, avocado, red onion, candied walnuts and gorgonzola cheese to a large salad bowl.  Drizzle evenly with the vinaigrette, then toss until combined.  Taste and season with extra salt and pepper, if needed.
  3. Serve: Serve immediately and enjoy!


*Candied Walnuts: If you are short on time or would like the salad to be a bit less sweet, feel free to just toast the walnuts for a few minutes in a skillet or in the oven (instead of baking them with the candy coating).  I also briefly chopped my candied walnuts before adding them to the salad.