Roasted Pears With Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Roasted Pears with Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Arugula topped with dried cranberries, blue cheese and walnuts is my favorite type of salad. I usually eat it at least once a week. Depending on the season, I will substitute the cranberries for strawberries or any other seasonal fruit. For the fall season, I thought it would be perfect to add sliced pears. Recently, I came across Ina Garten’s roasted pears with blue cheese recipe and love how it is a slightly different version of my favorite salad.

I used the first ripened lemons of the season for this Roasted Pears with Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts. Combining some of my favorite ingredients, this salad is light, fresh, and slightly sweet. While this salad is relatively simple, it makes an impressive dish for a dinner party or holiday event.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that our Meyer lemon tree has a ton of lemons this year. With the cooler weather they are starting to ripen. For the next few months I will be trying to use them and give them away as much as possible. I wish I could ship them, because I seriously have enough to share with everyone. Fresh organic Meyer lemons are unlike any lemon you can ever buy at the store. Since we had a lot of rain this summer, they are huge and incredibly juicy.

Roasted Pears with Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

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Roasted Pears with Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Roasted Pears with Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Serving Size: 6 servings

Roasted Pears with Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe D'Anjou pears, peeled and sliced lengthwise into halves
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
  • 3 oz. blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup walnut halves, toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 3 tbsp. port wine
  • 3 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 oz. baby arugula
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Using a paring knife and a melon baller, remove the core and seeds from each pear. Trim a small slice away from the rounded backside of each pear half so that they will sit in the baking dish without tipping over. Toss the pears with 1/4 cup lemon juice. Place pears, core side up, in baking dish that is just large enough to hold the pears snugly.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the blue cheese, cranberries and walnuts; toss to combine. Divide the mixture evenly among the pears, mounding it on top of the indentation.
  4. In the same small bowl, combine the cider, port, and brown sugar; stir to combine. Pour the mixture over and around the pears. Bake the pears for 30 minutes, or until tender. While baking, occasionally spoon some of the basting liquid over the pears. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup of the basting liquid. Add the arugula; toss well. Divide the arugula among 6 small plates and top each with a pear. Drizzle each pear with any excess basting liquid, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.
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Source: slightly adapted from Back to Basics by Ina Garten

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35 Responses to Roasted Pears With Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

  1. This is completely elegant and yummy, I love it!

  2. Beautiful dish, swooning at those pears!

  3. marcie says:

    This salad looks so delicious, Ashley! That flavor combination is a winner, and those roasted pears must really make it special. :)

  4. I think I just found my contribution for Thanksgiving dinner :-)

    ~Cheryl
    http://snaps-of-ginger.blogspot.com/

  5. Ashley says:

    Wow this dish sounds incredible. I love the combination of fruit, nuts and cheese with greens – this is sooo right up my alley. I don’t think I’ve ever roasted a pear before -and clearly I’ve been missing out! Hope you had a great weekend!

  6. What an awesome salad! That combo is one of my favorites as well :)

  7. Ashley, you are so creative! I love all of the colors and the flavors that are in this dish. Pinning. (=

  8. Kelly says:

    I love roasted pears and I loved that you add them to a wonderful fall salad! The flavors sound fantastic and definitely a dish I would enjoy a lot! Pinning and thanks for sharing a great recipe Ashley :)

  9. Love a roasted pear salad. Yours looks incredible Ashley! Salads with fruit, nuts ,and cheese are my favorite.

  10. Mary Withrow says:

    Usually my food is often basic, lol – This would be fantastic for us at Thanksgiving, simple and delish!

  11. Monet says:

    What a beautiful fall salad. Don’t you love the varieties that exist when you eat according to season? I love the combo of blue cheese and walnuts too. The roasted pears sound like it would take an already amazing salad to a whole new level of deliciousness!

  12. I love this type of salad. Your addition of roasted pears makes this the perfect fall dish. And how awesome that you have a Meyer lemon tree in your yard. I must admit that I’m a wee bit jealous!

  13. This is definitely a fancy, high-class dish! It looks so beautiful. I’ll have to make it for my mom, she’d go nuts!

  14. Ashley, these are beautiful! I could totally see these on my Thanksgiving table. Gorgeous and yummy!

  15. I adore the flavors in this salad! So seasonal… and the presentation is lovely :)

  16. This is a lovely salad, Ashley! I bet the flavors pair well together! Pinned. Hope you are having a great week so far!

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks, Julie! The flavors go so well together so I’m experimenting with a few dishes using the same combination of flavors.

  17. just enough fancy to make it absolutely fabulous! Yum. Hugs

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