Roquefort Pear Salad

Recipe submitted by Florence Henderson, Speaking of Women's Health National Honorary Chairperson.

Roquefort Pear Salad

This beautiful salad is filled with plenty of hidden healthy ingredients, like lettuce and pears (antioxidants), walnuts (omega-3s) and blue cheese (a bit of calcium and lots of taste). The salad is perfect for a cool summer night or as the main course at your next get-together.



  • 2 tablespoons of walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 cups of green leaf lettuce
  • 3 Bartlett pears, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/2 ounces of crumbled Roquefort cheese
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced


  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of prepared mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch black pepper


  1. Blend ingredients for dressing in a blender and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, over medium heat, cook walnuts with 2 tablespoons sugar. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the walnuts. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper and allow to cool. Break apart the cooled candied nuts into small pieces.
  3. In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, cheese crumbles, avocado and green onion.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and top with the walnut pieces.

This recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

  • 135 calories
  • 3 grams protein
  • 20 grams carbohydrates
  • 6 grams fat
  • 6 milligrams cholesterol
  • 302 milligrams sodium
  • 4 grams fiber