1. Pear, Blue Cheese and Watercress Salad

Pear, Blue Cheese and Watercress Salad

Elizabeth Falkner | Appetizers, Salads, Pears |American

Add a refreshing, crisp fall salad to your dinner menu! This Pear, Blue Cheese, and Watercress Salad featuring Harry & David Royal Riviera Pears is so delicious and even easier to make, you'll want to eat it every night.

Seasonally inspired recipes are some of our favorites! This crisp and refreshing salad recipe incorporates some of our favorite made-in-Oregon products like hazelnuts and Rogue Creamery smokey blue cheese to add delicious warm, creamy flavors that remind us of fall. It also features our very own Royal Riviera pears for an extra touch of sweetness! Blue cheese and pears are a delicious combination that shine through this dish. And if the flavors weren't enticing enough, this salad is so simple to make that it comes together in just a few steps. It's perfect for an appetizer or main course and will be a new menu favorite! Make sure to toss this together at your next get-together.

Pear, Blue Cheese and Watercress Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 ea. Harry & David Royal Riviera Pears
  • 1/4 c. smoked blue cheese
  • 3 c. watercress, rinsed and dried
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 t. white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c. crushed roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp. Maldon or Kosher salt
  • 1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • A few grinds of fresh ground pepper
  • A few gratings of lemon zest, preferable on a Microplane grater


  1. Slice the Harry & David Royal Riviera Pears into 1/4 inch slices or chunks.
  2. Add the pears to a large bowl and toss the lemon zest and juice over the pears.
  3. Add the smoked blue cheese in small bits, as well as the watercress and hazelnuts.
  4. Sprinkle on the white wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
  5. Add the olive oil and toss the salad together, gently.
  6. Pour into a festive bowl and serve!
Makes: 1 salad
Serves: 4 servings