Pear, Blackberry and Blue Cheese Salad

Let’s take a little break from oranges and Asian food, shall we?

It seems to me like it’s been a while since we’ve had a salad.

You know what’s weird? I’ve been having more salads lately that I’ve ever had in my entire life. Usually, I tend to eat lots of salads like that in the summer time. Not in the middle of winter when I should be craving soups and stews and all sorts of comfort foods…

But for some strange reason, my mind seems to be stuck on creating salads. All sorts of COLD salads, for the most part. Maybe I could at least try and get it to switch to warm salads? Hmmmm, pulled chicken, apple and raisins come to mind. Now that sounds yummy!

But hey, it’s not what we’re having now, so let me get this brain of mine refocused here. It’s crazy how it can get into high gear and start imagining all sorts of food creations at the mere mention of one simple detail, like say, a warm salad.

Like this particular salad here. It basically came to life because I got these beautiful fresh blackberries for free at the grocery store the other day. I didn’t really have a plan as to how to use them, but it would seem that my brain did.

Looks like it merely took a look at the gorgeous black fruits and immediately set the table for me…

THIS right here, is what we were going to use the berries for. Hey, who am I to argue?

Plus, I did good not to, because quite frankly, this was a great creation!

I wouldn’t mind having that salad a couple more times over the course of the next few days. The only problem is, I munched on all the berries. There are none left. I have a thing for blackberries, see?

Looks like I’m gonna have to buy some more…

Tons more! ;)

PEAR, BLACKBERRY AND BLUE CHEESE SALAD

INGREDIENTS
(Serves 1)

  • 2 endives, shredded
  • 1 small radicchio, shredded
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 pear, diced
  • 12-15 blackberries
  • 25g blue cheese, crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 15g blue cheese
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tbsp fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all the ingredients of the dressing in a mini blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Arrange shredded romaine at the bottom of a serving plate. Top with endive, radicchio, pear, blackberries and crumbled blue cheese.
  3. Pour dressing overtop the salad when you are ready to serve.

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Comments

  1. Joann says

    Looks delicious! I’m going to have to try this – but I’ll have to substitute goat cheese or feta cheese for the blue cheese.

    • says

      Honestly, I think goat cheese would be brilliant. I actually hesitated between the two. I decided to go with blue more because of the colour, to be honest. I thought it would look super nice against the greenish yellow of the pear and the deep purple of the blackberries. But goat would definitely work!

  2. Joann says

    The blackberries would be good in a smoothie too! I made a Bluberry-Pear Smoothie the other day that would have been good with blackberries.

  3. says

    Oh my god how did I miss this yesterday. Looks and sounds incredible. Pears and blue cheese, you can’t go wrong, but the addition of the blackberries is a fantastic idea, I can almost taste it!

    • says

      Yeah, my brain has not so bad ideas, sometimes! ;) I have to admit that this was a great one. I particularly liked this salad and wouldn’t mind eating it every day for a week or two… ok, maybe not two, but at least one. Hey, it’s got blue cheese in it. I can never get enough blue cheese! Too bad it’s something that you have to eat in moderation… ;)

  4. Courtney says

    Oh my god! I just found your blog, so much love to you! I am recovering from an eating disorder and want to gain a better appreciation for food, and your healthy recipes look incredible. Commenting here for one reason: I LOVE BLUE CHEESE.

  5. Joann says

    Made a slightly modified version of this today for lunch…delicious! Love the dressing. Of course later I got a package from my parents with a jar of the candied pecans that they make – would have gone perfect on this salad!

  6. Charlie says

    Sonia:
    I just found you via Leanne.
    I too am Canadian. Raised in Ontario, live in New Brunswick.

    Your salad sounds so good!
    Worth the trip for blackberries.

    Congratulations on turning your life around!

    Oh! I subscribed to your post.

    Charlie

    • says

      Hey Charlie! So glad you found me via Leanne! Always good to meet fellow Canadians too! :) Hope you find many recipes in here that will inspire you and thanks much for your congrats wishes!

      Oh, and thanks a whole bunch for subscribing to my blog. I truly appreciate that! :) You rock!!!

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