Pear, Roasted Onion and Bleu Cheese Salad with Candied Pecans


by Gloria Kobrin, author of Kosher Cookbook - iPhone & iPad Touch Application

The flavor from the combination of ingredients in this salad is nothing short of spectacular! You can arrange the various elements on a platter for a buffet or make individual servings  for an appetizer. I enjoy playing with the colors of the pears and the lettuces; so I’ve recommended the colors I’ve used in the picture. As long as you achieve a color contrast, any combination works well. However you do it, this recipe will quickly become a favorite.


1 pound cippoline onions, pearl onions or a combination of both
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup candied mammoth pecan halves
1/2  cup bleu cheese – crumbled
4 Bosc pears− 2 red, 2 green
Curly lettuce: frisee/ red and green lettuces
1 large lemon

Jelly roll pan lined with parchment
Apple corer
Serving platter


Preheat oven to: 400 F.

Cover the onions with boiling water and let them soak about two minutes. Drain onions and peel them.  Place onions back in bowl and dribble a little olive oil over them. Toss well so that they are coated on all sides. Place onions on parchment paper and slide into oven. Roast about 15 minutes and then turn them over to roast on the other side. They will turn brown as the sugar in them caramelizes. Let onions cool before adding them to salad.

Wash and dry lettuce. Arrange lettuce leaves attractively around serving platter.

Wipe off pears and remove any labels. Remove the core from the bottom of the pears with an apple corer. Slice pears 1/8th inch thick. Arrange red and green pears in an alternating pattern against the lettuce. I put a slice of green pear against a red leaf and so on.

Place onions around the platter so that each pear has an onion near it. Sprinkle bleu cheese over all. Arrange candied pecans on top.

Dribble a little olive oil over the top of the salad.

Squeeze and strain the lemon and pour the juice over the salad. Serve at room temperature.


Yield: Serves: 4

Recipes: Salads, Dairy, Kosher

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