Poached Pear Salad with Blue Cheese, Candied Walnuts and Bacon


Looking for an elegant appetizer salad this holiday season?  This stunning dish has it all:  seasonal appeal, unexpected savory twist on poached pears,  delicious and make-ahead.  It is essentially a whole fragrant and lightly spiced poached pear, cut in thirds horizontally and reconstructed with layers of blue cheese, walnuts, bacon and micro greens.   The pears can be poached in advance and the walnuts caramelized as much as a week ahead of time.  The salad can be assembled in a few minutes at the time of serving. Continue reading