Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Pear Vinaigrette (Low Calorie, Low Fat)

Crisp, sweet pears, crunchy walnuts, creamy blue cheese flavor this deliciously, healthy salad with a fresh pear vinaigrette.

Gorgeous & healthy salad - Pear Walnut Blue Cheese Salad Low Calorie Low Fat - Repin for later

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad is for my husband. Pears are his favorite fruit. He looks forward to pear season every year. So I decided to use his favorite fruit as an inspiration for my latest salad. I had to add my favorite cheese, blue cheese. When I’m making a salad, I try to have something crunchy, something sweet, something creamy or savory, and something acidic. You want to make the perfect bite with all those lovely taste sensations. The pears and cranberries provide sweetness, walnuts are crunchy, blue cheese is creamy and savory, and the dressing provides the acid. The lettuce ties it all together, a beautiful package of healthy food.

No matter how I try, my little one refuses to eat salad with lettuce.  The crazy thing is, I think she really likes it, at least the salad dressing part.  She sees lettuce and turns her little nose up in the air “Yuck”.  I try putting her favorite ingredients in it.  I’ve tried putting some salad dressing in a bowl and letting her “dip” the lettuce in.  It’s all a non-starter.  She flatly refuses to even try it anymore.  I can’t really complain, she will eat a lot of food that is usually more “grown up”.  Once she gets something into her head, it is very hard to change her mind.  I wonder where she got her stubbornness from. (said tongue in cheek)

Gorgeous & healthy salad - Pear Walnut Blue Cheese Salad Low Calorie Low Fat - Repin for later

We have been on a big salad kick lately. I can throw whatever veggies we have in the refrigerator  in the salad, whip up a dressing and we are set for dinner. I just keep the components separate for my little one and she will eat them, minus the lettuce. Salads seems to be helping keep me on track of my calorie goal and exercise program. I’ve also found a group of women that are trying to lose weight and get healthy. We are meeting once a month. It’s something I’ve never tried before and I’m looking forward to the support. It is so strange how dieting can feel easy for a couple of weeks then unexpectedly it can feel so hard. All of the sudden I feel like I am starving all the time. I feel like I am handling those times a little bit better lately. It helps to know I’ve got people to lean on. Now if I could only learn to love exercising. I do like to weight lift but I don’t love it. I hate aerobics and walking. I cannot run to save my life. I’ve tried Zumba, spin, walking with friends and lots more. I still don’t like it. I know it is good for me and I feel better after but I still don’t like it.  Can you tell?

If you have found some techniques that help you exercise and stay on your diet, I would love to hear them. I love to learn about new ways to stay on track.

Gorgeous & healthy salad - Pear Walnut Blue Cheese Salad Low Calorie Low Fat - Repin for later

Gorgeous & healthy salad - Pear Walnut Blue Cheese Salad Low Calorie Low Fat - Repin for later
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Yields 4 servings

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Pear Vinaigrette

15 minPrep Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • Salad:
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens, arugula or spinach
  • 1/3 cup sliced red or sweet onion
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. low sugar dried cranberries
  • 1 oz. crumbled blue cheese
  • Pear Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup peeled and chopped pear
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. champagne vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. minced onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper


  1. For the vinaigrette: place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Place into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to let the flavors come to together.
  2. In a small skillet over medium heat, cook walnuts for a few minutes. Stir often. Cook until nuts are fragrant.
  3. In a large salad bowl, combine all ingredients for salad.
  4. Toss with dressing and serve.


Nutritional value per serving: Cal 191/Cal 10 grams/Carbs 22 grams/Fiber 6 grams/Protein 4 grams
Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. Absolutely one of my favorite salads! It just screams for a dry, French Rose wine! Cheers Matt
  2. Pears and blue cheese are one of my fave salad toppings - this dressing sounds insanely delicious!!
  3. This combination of ingredients is one of my faves! Love the bright and beautiful pic!
  4. What a great winter salad, love it!
  5. Paula - bell'alimento says
    Love the pear vinaigrette!
  6. Such a nice salad! I love that pear, walnut and cheese combo.
  7. Beautiful salad!!
  8. The best combo, delicious friend!
  9. One of my all-time favorite flavor combinations! I could eat this salad every day...
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Martha, Pears are my husband's favorite fruit so he could eat this every day too. The blue cheese is all for me.
  10. So many flavors I love here! I just recently took up pilates and I am in love! From a former weight lifter and runner, it is a total change but I am sore in places I didn't even know I had muscles! So changing it up is necessary!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Meg, It is amazing how just a little change to exercise can make you sore in a new spot. It keeps it interesting.


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