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Pear Salad

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It is finally starting to feel like Spring or maybe even Summer here in Louisville, and the lettuces we planted back in February or March are ready to harvest.

So last night we made a pear and blue cheese salad with lettuce from our own garden (which amounts to a few pots on the bedroom balcony).

I based this salad on one I had while we lived in Seattle. We went out to dinner one night with Andy’s parents when they were in town just a few weeks before we moved to Louisville. The restaurant was on Lake Washington, and this salad was the highlight of the evening. Unless you count dropping the parking ticket from the parking garage and being worried  that you’ll have to pay $45 for an hour and a half of parking, which I don’t!

In short – make this salad! It’s really good. Especially with fresh pears, but canned will work too.


Pear Salad with Blue Cheese & Almonds:


1 head of leaf lettuce

1 ripe pear

4 oz crumbled blue cheese

½ cup candied almonds

Blue cheese dressing


Wash and cut lettuce into bite sized pieces. Prepare candied almonds*, and toss ingredients together in large salad bowl. Makes enough for 2 dinner salads.

We eat this salad all summer long, and whenever we can get decent pears, usually with a loaf of fresh French bread. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

{*To make the almonds put about 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of water in a small pot and boil until it begins to thicken, then add the almonds and cook for a couple of minutes. Cool on a piece of waxed paper for about 5 minutes before adding to the salad.}


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