Tangy Pear and Blue Cheese Salad Recipe2018-09-04
Pear is an Old World fruit with an obscure origin. Some believe it originated from China, in the foothills of the Tian Shan Mountains, while others claim that it was from Western Europe or North Africa. What we can say for sure is that this crunchy, delicious and juicy fruit is native to coastal and mildly temperate parts of the Old World and that it has been cultivated for more than 3000 years.
Pear trees were first planted in North America in 1630 by English Puritan John Endicott, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who was tasked to establish an appealing and homey settling for new arrivals. Some trees were brought to Oregon and Washington where they thrived and produced fruits of superior quality similar to the prized fruits cultivated in Belgium and France, which have buttery texture, exquisite flavor, and long storage life.
To date there are about 30 species, including subspecies and hybrids that have evolved naturally, and about 10 are grown commercially in the United States namely Green Anjou, Red Anjou, Bartlett, Red Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Forelle, Seckle and Starkrimson.
How to make a Tangy Pear and Blue Cheese Salad
Prep Time: 20 mins
Ready In: 20 mins
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup canola oil
- 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
- 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
- 2 Pittman & Davis Bartlett or Comice Pears – peeled, cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- Mix ketchup, vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Pour oil in small doses, stirring continuously, until well combined.
- Using a large serving bowl, toss in lettuce, blue cheese, pears walnuts and red onion. Drizzle dressing over salad then toss well to coat.