A colourful salad of blue cheese, chicory, red onion and pear, with wooden serving spoons to one side

Pear, chicory and blue cheese salad

  • serves 4
  • Easy

A supremely colourful winter salad that combines creamy blue cheese (ideally dolcelatte) with red onion, pears, red chicory, parsley and walnuts, plus a quick red wine vinegar dressing


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  • red onion ½, thinly sliced
  • red wine vinegar 4 tbsp
  • Dijon mustard 1 tbsp
  • extra-virgin olive oil 3 tbsp
  • pears 2, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
  • red chicory 3, leaves separated and any large ones halved
  • flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, leaves picked and torn
  • walnuts 50g, toasted and roughly chopped
  • dolcelatte or any other blue cheese 100g, torn into pieces


  • Step 1

    Put the red onion in a heatproof bowl and pour over enough just-boiled water to cover. Leave for 5 minutes, then drain well. Return to the bowl with a good pinch of salt and 1 tbsp of vinegar.

  • Step 2

    In another bowl, whisk the mustard, oil, remaining vinegar and a little seasoning together.

  • Step 3

    Add the pears, chicory and three-quarters of the parsley leaves, and toss gently until everything is coated in the dressing. Divide between four plates and top with some of the walnuts, the pickled onions, cheese and the remaining parsley leaves.

*This recipe is gluten free according to industry standards

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 341
  • Fat 27.2g
  • Saturates 7.9g
  • Carbs 13.3g
  • Sugars 10.4g
  • Fibre 4.9g
  • Protein 8.3g
  • Salt 1g