Pear Salad with Gorgonzola

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 side servings (or 2 large portions) 1x
  • Category: Salad


A hearty fall salad that’s perfect for an easy lunch or beautiful holiday side dish. This salad also works well with apples and/or spinach in place of the frisee. 



  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons muscovado sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup raw walnut pieces
  • 1 medium ripe pear
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 4 cups packed frisee lettuce
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. In a medium skillet, melt butter and whisk in sugar over medium low heat. Add walnuts and let cook. Stir often, until sugar has caramelized on the walnuts, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Slice pear, 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss dressing with lettuce.
  3. To assemble salad, place lettuce in a bowl and top with walnuts, pears, and Gorgonzola cheese.


Tips & Tricks: Frisee and other greens in the endive family stand up well in pre-dressed salads. The lettuce maintains its crunch without wilting. But you can always dress immediately before serving if you prefer.

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: walnuts, olive oil, balsamic vinegar

Nutrition: find more information


  • Calories: 194
  • Sugar: 3.8
  • Sodium: 135
  • Fat: 15.3
  • Carbohydrates: 12.3
  • Protein: 3.8
  • Cholesterol: 16.1