Pear Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

When I first came to Denmark for soon 50 years ago, no one ate salads. The only type of salads the Danes knew where salads meant for open-face sandwiches and were based on mayonnaise with different fillings such as pasta, vegetables, shellfish, tuna, beets and much more. In fact, iceberg salad was not heard of until 1970. I used to drive 20 miles or so into Copenhagen just to buy an iceberg salad and pay 2-3 times the price I was used to paying  back home in the States.  And I lived over a green grocery. All this has changed and now Danes are eating all kinds of salads when around 1990 all sorts of new types start to be imported to Denmark. Now, many farmers grow salads as well as all kinds of other vegetables. Pears are popping up at the markets now. After buying a dozen pears,  I rushed home  to make this delicious salad. I used Danish blue cheese, of course, and Danish walnuts. .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pear Salad with Bue Cheese and Walnuts

Serves 4

Dressing:

2 tbsp. apple cider eddike

2 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. finely chopped chives

Salad:

4 ripe pears

2 stalks of celery

a combination of 2-3 types of lettuce leaves

2 oz. blue cheese

10-12 walnuts, chopped

To make dressing, combine all ingredients and set aside.

To make salad, peel the pears. If they are hard, cook them a few minutes in water with a little lemon juice. Slice a little bit of  the bottom of the pears so that they can stand upright on a plate. Rense celery and cut into strips. Rense lettuce leaves and place on four plates. Arrange celery strips on top of the leaves and place a pear in the middle of the plate. Pour dressing over the salad just before serving and sprinkle  small pieces of blue cheese and walnuts around the plate.

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