Salad with Walnuts & Blue Cheese

This Pear Arugula Salad is elegant and unusual recipe for dinner party salads or sophisticated lunch appetizer that will appeal to the eye as well as the palate. Luxury creation from simple ingredients is presented to maximum visual effect and quarantined to impress and please your quests.

4 ripe but firm pears
2-3 cups arugula
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup radish, sliced
2 Tbsp. avocado, walnut, grape seed oil or any of your favorite oil
1 tsp wine vinegar
salt and freshly ground pepper
honey for drizzling
lemon juice


Cut pears horizontally into 3 or 4 slices depending on the size of your pears. Use a paring knife to cut out the cores. The pieces should look like O's. Leave the stem on the pop piece. Brush slices of pear with lemon juice to keep it from browning.

Toss arugula, radishes, walnuts, and blue cheese with vinegar, oil and seasonings.

Reassemble the pear, vertically, with the arugula-radish salad in between each slice. Drizzle with honey, and serve.