Christmas weekend we found ourselves near a Harry & David outlet store. I happen to LOVE Harry & David Royal Riviera pears. So I stopped in and grabbed a box of pears and the best part is that they were on sale! I have thoroughly enjoyed those delicious pears over the last week.
This morning as I opened the box to retrieve the very last pear, I noted a recipe card. I know it was in there all week but I was preoccupied and didn’t pay attention. This morning though I stopped to skim over the recipe and was instantly intrigued. Y’all know I had to try it! And trust me, it did NOT disappoint!
Don’t have pears to go on your salad? Try replacing the pears with strawberries, grapes, or apples. Since today’s pear was my last, I plan to try this salad again tomorrow with strawberries instead of pears. Or maybe blueberries and dried cranberries! So many possibilities!
The original recipe calls for blue cheese, which I replaced with feta, and walnut oil, which I replaced with extra virgin olive oil. Additionally, I toasted the walnuts myself. I’ve mentioned before that toasted nuts take on a “nuttier” flavor when roasted. I much prefer walnuts and almonds toasted but if you try it be sure to keep a close eye on them. It only takes a few minutes to toast them and they burn quickly.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did. If you try it, come back and leave a comment to let me know how you liked it!
**recipe adapted from Harry & David recipe, Royal Riviera Pear Salad
**I have not been compensated in any matter for this post, I simply want to share my personal experience with this new recipe and my love of these pears.