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. 

Landscape photo of pear blue cheese salad.
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Yield: 1 Pear

Pear Blue Cheese Salad

This layered-pear blue cheese salad recipe with fresh watercress, toasty pecans, and tangy vinaigrette is an impressive but effortless side.
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!


Storage Instructions

  • Fridge: Store the sliced pear and the watercress in separate containers. The pear can be stored for up to 5 days, the watercress for 3 days, and the rest of the mixture for up to a week.


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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Beautiful and delicious! (Except mine fell apart, but it still tasted wonderful.) I used black-truffle-infused honey, adding just another layer of flavor that went well with the rest.

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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.

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”.

Do you think feta would be an appropriate substitute?

I may try it. This looks so wonderful as it is to me. But I have people who don’t like bleu cheese.

What is the ‘re old for the dressing

Dressing recipe? How to make

Can you warm up the pears right before assembling it?

so beautiful. it’s a must!

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

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 …

I cannot wait until I can volunteer to make the salad at our next dinner party. This is a show stopper.

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

What a great idea! Very creative way to eat a salad!

Great salad. I made one just like it last fall and everyone raved!

My jaw literally dropped when I saw the first picture-BEAUTIFUL! Food art. 🙂

This is amazing!! Love the sweet savory combo and the vertical thing is something I must try!

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! 🙂

that looks truly awesome!!

This look so classy! Can I substitute goat cheese for blue cheese?

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

This recipe look divine and I can’t wait to try it! I featured it here. YUM and so pretty!

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