Tender butter leaf lettuce, dried cranberries, caramelized walnuts and sweet creamy pear vinaigrette makes this one of my favorite salads! It’s simple enough to make for a casual family dinner, but elegant enough to serve at baby showers and dinner parties too.
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Pretty Much The Perfect Salad for Any Occasion:
I adore this salad. It’s so simple but packs a big punch. And it pairs well with so many main courses. Great for the family, the holidays, baby showers etc.,
The creamy pear vinaigrette is made in the blender with fresh, ripe pears, pear juice, honey, olive oil, and finished with chopped chives and gorgonzola. The perfect combination of salty and sweet!
Click to see how to caramelize nuts.
Perfection! Butter leaf lettuce just melts in your mouth and those cranberries and walnuts provide some crunch and texture.
The Recipe: Butter Leaf Salad with Creamy Pear Vinaigrette!
What you will need: A blender, I use a Blendtec Blender and love it! This recipe is grain and gluten free.
A tender, light salad with a sweet creamy pear vinaigrette with just a hint of gorgonzola!
- 2-3 heads Butter leaf Lettuce depending on size washed well and torn by hand
- 2/3 cup Dried Cranberries
- Caramelized nuts see link above for instructions
- Avocado optional
- 2 ripe pears peeled and cored
- 1/3 cup pear juice or white grape juice I buy juice boxes
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 T Champagne Vinegar
- 1 T brown sugar or honey
- 1 T chives chopped
- 1 pinch of salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
- 3 T Gorgonzola crumbled
- Juice of half a lemon
Place lettuce, cranberries and walnuts on platter.
In a blender, puree pears and pear or grape juice till smooth. Add vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, brown sugar or honey, salt and pepper. Blend. Turn off blender. Add chives and Gorgonzola give a quick whirl. You don’t want to blend more than a second or two because you want your Gorgonzola a little chunky and your chives will turn the dressing green if blended too long. Dress salad right before serving. Keep extra dressing in the fridge. Use within 24 hours.
More Recipes for the Pear Lover!
Roasted Skillet Chicken with Caramelized Pears
Greens with Asian Pears and Fig Maple Balsamic
Pear and Blackberry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Pear and Brie Salad
Greens with Pears and Warm Breaded Goat Cheese
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Post tags: grain free, gluten free, vegetarian
This salad sounds delightful!
Yum!! The salad sounds amazing! Very excited to try it.
Thanks Risa! I hope you love it!
Oh wow this looks YUMMY! Thanks for sharing this fuss-free and healthy recipe hun 🙂
This sounds so good! I love adding nuts to my salads.
Ohh but that dressing! My girls will love this! Thank you!
Thanks Rene! It really is a lovely simple salad!
This salad looks wonderful! I love butter lettuce, but always forget to buy it. The vinaigrette seems like a perfect light dressing for this salad.
This salad looks amazing! Yum!
Definitely going to try this recipe, it looks delicious and the instructions are very easy.
Looks delicious! One of my favorite lettuces is butter leaf lettuce. This salad looks like a perfect lunch salad that will keep you going throughout the day. Cannot wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!!
That pear dressing looks and sound amazing!! Yum!!
Incredibly tasty and fresh salad! Gorgonzola with pear is a classic for all time 🙂
Love a super light and vegan salad babe! Thank you so much for sharing this!
You are so welcome!
This looks delicious! I would have never thought of pairing pears with this! I must try 🙂
Looks delicious! I’m definitely going to try this recipe its look easy to make.
Ah mah Gawd. This is gorgeous. Now, I am wondering what I can switch if I can’t use cheese. Thoughts?
Sure! Just leave the cheese out. You won’t get that ‘bite’ of gorgonzola but if you can’t do dairy it’s how it has to be!
I would really like a bite of this salad right now – It looks so yummy and your pictures are beautiful!
Ooo! That dressing sounds wonderful! Great recipe.
This looks so good!!! Butter leaf lettuce is my absolute favorite lettuce. Such a lovely vinaigrette to go with this too. Sharing today. xo
Thanks for the share Emily!
This looks like an amazing combination for a salad. I love pears but have never thought of using them in a dressing. Thanks for the inspiration!
The dressing sounds wonderful…can’t wait to try it.
This looks so delicious! I pinned it.
I LOVE pear in salad! This vinegarette sounds too good. Perfect timing for Spring and Summer since salad is one of our main eats this time of year!
We are so lucky to live in CA where salads are a staple all year! Maybe I’ll run into you at Americana some time!
Shared this one on SB! Love the delicate butter lettuce and the vinaigrette!!!!!
Thanks Linda. Always super delicious!
Growing butter lettuce this year. Now I know what I am going to pair it with…
YUM! and I’m obsessed with Anthro houseware. I’ve found my absolute most favorite dishes there
Butter lettuce always gets me. So, so ,so yum!
I love spinach, what do you think of using that instead of butter leaf lettuce? I have made a similiar recipe with spinach apples and blu cheese, with walnut oil dressing….
It could certainly work, but I love the tender butter leaf for this one. If you give it a go let me know what you think!
I would love this as is, but my guest isn’t a fan of Gorgonzola. What could I use instead? Maybe a sharp white cheddar?
Hmmmm…you definitely need a strong soft cheese for this recipe to work well. I am afraid cheddar wouldn’t work, at least in the dressing. I guess you could skip it in the dressing and simply use the cheddar in the salad if you like:)
Fussy people are my nemesis!
Haha! Well good luck!
I made this salad for dinner last week. We had 7 people over and they all were nearly licking their plates!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me! I love this salad too. Thanks for reminding me to make it!
I love this pear dressing! I only had 2 pears (no extra pear juice) so I subbed apple juice. Otherwise, followed the recipe. Unfortunately, my carmelized walnuts did not turn out. Not sure why. The sugar balled up and didn’t coat the nuts. But I picked the walnuts back out of that and put a lot of them on some Spring Mix and it was delicious!
Awesome Chris! I love that dressing too! And good call with the apple juice, great substitute.
I made this delicious salad for breakfast. I cut out the cheese to make it dairy-free and it still tastes great! See my result on my instagram: