Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Pepitas

Enjoy a simple but elegant starter with this Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Toppings. All of it is make ahead so you can enjoy it to the fullest.

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad | Life as Mom

I imagine that every family has its share of holiday dinner quirks. A relish tray is common fare in some homes, though it might be called antipasti among some. Depending on your cultural background, be it ethnic or regional, you probably serve something unique at your house, particularly at the holidays.

At our house, Thanksgiving Dinner is somewhat of a carbo-load: turkey and stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and rolls. At my childhood table, there was always a corn dish of some kind as well as pork and beans, two items that said, “Thanksgiving” to my dad.

Until now, rarely has there been a traditional salad course. At least not one that you would consider a salad, though some people will call this dish a salad. I’m from California, so Jell-O doesn’t count as a salad.

Suffice it to say, I like salads. Nay, I love salads. So, I try to make a salad every year to offset all the carbs.

This salad is one that I could eat at anytime of the day, month, or year. There are all kinds of flavors and textures at play here: soft, juicy pear, crisp greens, the bite of the scallion, the tang of the blue cheese, the kicky sweetness of the maple-spiced pumpkin seeds. This salad rocks.

And you’ll want to make it more often than once a year. I promise.

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad | Life as Mom

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Originally published November 9, 2011. Updated April 22, 2017.

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  1. YUM! That looks so good! And except for the greens, I have everything in the house to make it!

  2. I have not been a big salad eater for the majority of my life… but recently I discovered homemade dressings and I can’t get enough salad! I am definitely going to check out your dressing recipes 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. You had me at the title! I was NOT a fan of blue cheese until having it with pears in a salad.

  4. Thank you for hosting. I shared my smashed potato gratin recipe. Thanksgiving is coming up so fast I really need to get organized! So many great recipes posted today.

  5. I didn’t grow up with salad on the Thanksgiving table either, but that is one of the dishes that I am taking. I think it is time to break tradition…my family will get over it.

    Thanks for hosting the linky. I posted a favorite fall side dish that would work well with a smaller crowd:

  6. Not usually a big salad eater on Thanksgiving but I love the idea of a LIGHT dish with the big feast. And pears on top, yum! Might have to try a version of this this year.

  7. Thanks for the multicultural shout out! Growing up, we would not only have our Thanksgiving turkey, but we would also have homemade pasta, ravioli and gnocci. (And salad last. 🙂 talk about carbo overload!

  8. That looks so good. I’m eating some maple-spiced pepitas as I’m reading this! Thanks so much for the recipe, they are delicious!

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