Get ready to indulge in the perfect blend of flavors with this Arugula and Pear Salad. The peppery arugula leaves paired with sweet, juicy pears and crunchy candied pecans create a delightful combination of textures and tastes. Topped with a creamy and tangy blue cheese dressing, this salad is a refreshing and satisfying choice for any occasion. Whether you're looking for a light lunch option or a vibrant side dish, this recipe will surely impress your taste buds. Let's dive into the details and create this mouthwatering salad!


For the salad

  • 6 cups fresh arugula
  • 2 ripe pears, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

For the blue cheese dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the fresh arugula, sliced pears, candied pecans, and crumbled blue cheese.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, lemon juice, crumbled blue cheese, salt, and pepper to make the blue cheese dressing.
  3. Drizzle the blue cheese dressing over the salad and gently toss to coat all the ingredients.
  4. Serve the salad immediately and enjoy the wonderful combination of flavors and textures.


  • For a twist, try using different varieties of pears such as Bosc or Bartlett.
  • Substitute candied pecans with walnuts or almonds for a different nutty flavor.
  • If you prefer a milder taste, use goat cheese instead of blue cheese in the dressing.
  • Add grilled chicken or shrimp for a protein-packed meal.
  • Customize the salad with additional toppings like dried cranberries or sliced red onions.


This Arugula and Pear Salad with candied pecans and blue cheese dressing is a delightful mix of flavors and textures. The peppery arugula, sweet pears, and crunchy candied pecans create a satisfying combination in every bite. Tossed with a creamy blue cheese dressing, this salad is both refreshing and indulgent. Whether you're looking for a light lunch option or an impressive side dish, this recipe is a winner. Try it out and treat yourself to a burst of flavors and a satisfying salad experience!

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