Pear Romaine Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese

Pear Romaine Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese, topped with tart cherries and crunchy hazelnuts. Drizzle with a tangy dressing; tasty for holiday entertaining!

Friends, what I love about this season is nestling in at the end of the day with friends or family, slowing down, and resting at the table. Not only do we eat around the table, but we sit and rest.

We hopefully relax and breathe a big sigh of thanksgiving that the day has come to an end, and we get to enjoy a great meal together (with this great Pear Romaine Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese!)

Pear Romaine Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese

This Pear Romaine Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese is a delightful first course to start off the meal.

Top with dried tart cherries and crunchy hazelnuts.

Drizzle with a tangy dressing.

This salad screams fall and winter, and it’s great for the holidays! We love pear season, and when they are ripe, they are delicious in a green salad.

The table experience

But wait. The table experience is not just about indulging and filling our bodies with food and wine.

There’s more to “gathering” than just eating and talking about the flavors.

What I love about the table is that we can listen, and that we can be encouragers.

You don’t have to be smart, rich, known, or act like you have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and open your mouth to say so.

Warmer connections come when we think less about ourselves and offer positive words to others.

Now (with a big smile on my face), it does help to have delicious food in front of us while we’re “giving out.”

Here’s a fall menu that I enjoy seeing:

One-Pot Chicken Paprika Thighs

This salad!

Crescent Dinner Rolls [RecipeGirl]

No-Peel Easy Pear Cobbler

Good food plus encouraging others, and being encouraged, is the ultimate table experience, don’t you agree?

Pear Romaine Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 6


  • 2 large heads romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 pears cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4-6 oz of crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. minced shallots
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts
  • Orange or clementine zest optional


  • Layer lettuce, pear, blue cheese, hazelnuts, and cherries in a large salad bowl.
  • Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, shallots, lemon juice, and maple syrup.
  • Pour over salad and toss to combine.

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