Vertical Pear Blue Cheese Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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Impress your dinner guests with this amazing Vertical Pear Blue Cheese Salad! It’s so easy to make and incredibly delicious.

Love the pear and blue cheese combo? Be sure to try this easy recipe for Pear, Blue Cheese & Walnut Flatbread. 

Vertical Pear Blue Cheese Salad

Slice a pear into three slices as seen above and fill with salad. 

Pear Blue Cheese Salad Recipe

This Salad Appetizer Is Easily Customizable

Swap the salad recipe to feature any cheese or nuts you prefer. Other great options would be goat cheese and walnuts. 

Easy Pear Blue Cheese Salad Recipe
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Yield: 1 Pear

Vertical Pear Salad

Impress your dinner guests with this amazing Vertical Pear Blue Cheese Salad! It's so easy to make and incredibly delicious.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes


  • 4 smooth skinned pears
  • 2-3 cups watercress
  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • vinaigrette dressing
  • honey for drizzling
  • lemon juice


  • Cut pears horizontally into 3 or 4 slices depending on the size of your pears. Use a paring knife to cut out the cores. The pieces should look like O's. Leave the stem on the pop piece. Brush slices of pear with lemon juice to keep it from browning.
  • Toss watercress, pecans, and blue cheese with dressing until coated.
  • Reassemble the pear, vertically, with the watercress salad in between each slice. Once assembled, drizzle with honey, and serve!


Serving: 1, Calories: 260kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 193mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 23g


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  1. Joseph O.

    5 stars
    This looks nice. I am always trying to find something unique to surprise my wife when I fix dinners for her or for special occasions. I try this soon. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Vicky Robinson

    Just came across this on Pinterest, it looks fabulous and I’m definitely going to try this. It being Christmas time and all I may even find a partridge for my “Pear Tree”.

  3. Valda Jean Combs

    I love the presentation but this salad is getting the Mason jar treatment so I can take it for lunch! Thank you.

  4. Julia

    This is truely amazing! But all I am asking myself at the moment is: how the hell are you going to eat that without making a mess? :)

    And gosh, can I relate to your story. But actually my parents told me Mia (a hairy, crazy terrier dog) is not sister, rtaher she’s there to replace me after I left home. And that’s what she does. She took over my FAVORITE armchair which I have been watching TV in for about the first 18 years of my life …

  5. Emily:

    This is the cutest salad I’ve ever seen! I shared this recipe on my latest meal plan, thank you!

  6. Lenggai@popty-wopty

    this is wonderful, extraordinary and looks very refreshing and appetizing! unfortunately, pears are not grown here in our place (Philippines). Nonetheless, will definitely try this. thanks for the recipe! cheers! :-)

  7. Justin Winokur

    I read this a while back and my girlfriend and I did something inspired by your post. We did it with spinach and toasted pine nuts. We also skipped the honey and used orange juice instead do lemon juice (we had extra). Finally, we used toothpicks to hold it together (but told the people eating it so they knew the expect a toothpick or two).

    You can read all about it on my cooking notebook/blog at

  8. Anna Johnston

    Funny story. Brothers like that are pesky little dibba dobba’s huh. The pear salad on the other hand is awesome, looks a stunner, great stuff :)

  9. ErinsFoodFiles

    I absolutely adore this salad! It has such a gorgeous presentation. It would be PERFECT to serve at a dinner party IN MY NEW HOUSE! (Which I don’t own yet…. But I will soon!)

  10. Isabelle

    Oh my. How awesome is this salad? I’ve done the pear/pecan/watercress/blue cheese combination in salads on a regular basis, but never in a million years did it occur to me to change it up with an awesome presentation like this. Talk about a show-stopper!
    Good luck with the challenge. You’ve totally got my vote.

  11. Kristen

    I can completely understand the dog thing. My mother in law has Oscar’s brother living with her!! Although he has never drawn blood, he hates me, too. (Of course, I don’t think too much of him either).

    The salad is gorgeous. I love the presentation.

  12. Curt McAdams

    Wow! This looks like a fantastic meal, and I like the pairing of the pumpkin ale instead of another wine. I made up my own menu to keep it simple, but I’m looking around and thinking I may have done my last round! :) Good luck, though I don’t think you’ll need it.

  13. Monet

    What a cute story and what a STUNNING salad. You have my vote on this post alone. You should sell this at a restaurant…or enter it in a salad competition. Just too beautiful! And I’m sure delicious tasting too!

  14. Sharlene

    Cute story! Possibly not-so-cute dog for running off like that though. I can’t get over how beautiful this pear salad looks. It belongs on the cover of a magazine!

    1. Marilyn

      Agree!! It should be in the cover of a magazine or a tv commercial. NicelNicely done. Let’s hope mine comes out just like this one.

  15. Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox

    I’m going to have to steal this!

    Good luck w/ the canine brother. I’ve got a canine and feline sisters who don’t like me or my little dog.

  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Oh my gosh, this is marvelous! What a fun way to welcome the fall season… I bet this tastes even more wonderful than it looks! I had a good laugh over your story about the mini Schnauzer, too. Thanks for sharing, Jess!

  17. Eliana

    WOW – this seriously looks like a work of art. I wouldn’t want to eat it if I had it in front of me. I would just want to stare at it.

  18. Ashlie

    This is so so pretty – I’m definetly going to have to be a copy cat! I might wait until comice pears start showing up at the markets – they are my favorite :)

  19. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    Gorrrrgeous!!! As soon as I saw the title of this post in my RSS feed, I knew it was gonna be good!


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