Spinach Pear & Walnut Salad

Spinach Pear & Walnut Salad

Spinach combines perfectly with Bosc pears and walnuts in this deliciously yummy salad.

It’s versatile as well. If you prefer, apples can be used instead of pears. As well as a few handfuls of blueberries.

About Bosc Pears

The Bosc is a cultivar of the European pear that originates from France. The name Bosc is given to the pear after a French horticulturist named Louis Bosc.

Bosc Pears
Bosc Pears

The Bosc, pairs well with this salad as it is juicy, crunchy and sweet, if used fresh harvested or early in their ripeness cycle.

If used when they have become fully ripened, the fruit becomes sweeter and softer, and the skin becomes wrinkly.

Because of the pears firm and solid flesh, it can be used in a variety of ways such as broiling, poaching and baking. As with this baked Blueberry Pear and White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

They maintain their form throughout the cooking process making them a resilient fruit to use.

Spinach Pear & Walnut Salad

3/4 cup Walnut halves

1/4 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons Mayonnaise

2 tablespoons walnut oil *Cook’s Notes

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Fresh ground pepper

6 ounces baby spinach

4 Bosc pears, peeled, halved, cored, cut into thin wedges

2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled *see Cook’s Notes

Cook’s Notes

If you have no walnut oil, a good substitute would be either sesame or peanut oil.

If blues cheese is not your favorite cheese, you could substitute with either feta or Goat cheese.

Read More Here About The Top Nine Varieties Of Cheese’s Enjoyed By Food Lovers

Toast the Walnuts

Prepare the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast, stirring occasionally, until aromatic, 8 to 10 minutes; do not let them burn.

Make the Dressing

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, walnut oil, vinegar, Worchester sauce, hot pepper sauce, and a pinch of pepper until smooth.

Assemble the Salad

Add the spinach, pears and walnuts to the dressing and toss to coat evenly.

Arrange on plates or in bowls sprinkle with the cheese and serve.

Try this favorite pear salad – Red Pear & French Bean Salad.

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2 thoughts on “Spinach Pear & Walnut Salad

    1. Thanks for sharing – This is a deliciously yummy salad with blue cheese but you could also use feta or goat cheese – I found the recipe in the recipe book “Meals in Minutes Fresh Salads – Quick Easy & Delicious”

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