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Ontario Pear, Blue Cheese and Candied Pecan Salad

Yields4 Servings

Ontario Bartlett Pear is grated and tossed in lemon juice, accompanied by blue cheese and candied pecans over arugula. Served in four small bowls or in a fresh hollowed out pear, and drizzled with citrus vinaigrette.

  cup granulated sugar
 ½ cup pecans
 1 tsp water
 3 tbsp vegetable oil
 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
 1 tbsp lemon juice
  tsp prepared mustard
 Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
 4 cups baby arugula
 3 Ontario Bartlett pears, grated
 5 oz Roquefort blue cheese, crumbled

In a small saucepan over high heat, stir 1/4 (60 mL) cup of sugar together with the pecans and water. Continue stirring gently until sugar has caramelized the pecans, around 1 minute. Carefully transfer nuts onto parchment paper, allow to cool.


For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, 1 tbsp (15 mL) sugar, salt and pepper until combined.


In 4 separate small bowls, layer arugula, pears and blue cheese. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve.


Toss grated pear in 1/2 tsp of lemon juice to prevent browning. For presentation, serve salad in a fresh hollowed out pear.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/4

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 531
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g24%

Saturated Fat 10g50%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 427mg18%
Potassium 369mg11%
Total Carbohydrate 34g12%

Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 25g
Protein 11g22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.