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Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

This is superb, mostly because of the bacon vinaigrette!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Servings - 4 servings


  • 4 slices of bacon, drippings reserved
  • 10 oz shell baby spinach or baby spinach-spring mix
  • 2 ripe pears, cored and sliced
  • 2 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp spicy brown or Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of salt and pepper


  • Cook the bacon in a skillet, or in the oven. Reserve 3 Tbsp of the rendered fat. Let bacon cool slightly before crumbling.
  • In a large mixing or serving bowl, toss together the spinach mix, pear slices, crumbled blue cheese, chopped walnuts and add the crumbled bacon to the salad once cooled slightly.
  • Prepare the homemade bacon vinaigrette.In a small skillet or saucepan, add the bacon drippings and whisk in the sugar, spicy brown mustard and vinegar. Add a pinch of both salt and pepper. Once dressing has been well whisked, pour warm over the salad.
  • Serve Pear & Blue Cheese Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette.