Pear and Parmesan Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

Pear and Parmesan Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing can be served as either a salad or an appetizer.  It is so good and so easy to make!  The combination of fresh pears, Parmesan cheese, and the Poppy Seed Dressing is so delightful.  If fact, this dressing is fantastic on all salads!  Overtime I make this outstanding salad, people go crazy for it.  So, don’t be afraid to serve this salad to your family and friends.  Also a great holiday salad.

More of Linda’s great Pear Recipes and Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes.


Pear and Parmesan Salad


Pear and Parmesan Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pearn and Parmesan Salad Recipe, Poppy Seed Salad Dressing Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Pear and Parmesan Salad:
  • 4 ripe (not soft) pears (Bosc, Bartlett, Anjou, or Comice)
  • Watercress or small arugula leaves (for garnish)
  • 2 ounces Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano), grated
Poppy Seed Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds, toasted
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
Candied Walnuts or Pecans:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 cups walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pear and Parmesan Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Instructions:
  1. Prepare Candied Walnuts or Pecans; set aside.

  2. Prepare Poppy Seed Dressing; set aside.

  3. Cut pears in halves and remove cores (I like to you use a melon baller).  Place one pear half, cut-side down, on a cutting board and slice it into 1/4-inch slices beginning 1/4 inch below the top.  Leave the top intact.  NOTE: Dip the sliced pear halve in a bowl containing ice water, a little lemon juice and a little water. This will prevent the pear flesh from turning brown.  Repeat with remaining pear halves.

  4. To serve, place either watercress or arugula leaves on serving plates.  Place one (1) sliced pear half on each plate.  Separate the slices and fan them out from the uncut top portion so there is a uniform amount of the pear flesh showing for each slice

  5. Lightly spoon prepared Poppy Seed Dressing over each pear.  Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and the candied nuts.

  6. Serve immediately

  7. Makes 8 servings.

Poppy Seed Dressing Instructions:
  1. In a jar or bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper together until well blended.

  2. Store, covered, in refrigerator. Serve at room temperature.

Candied Walnuts or Pecans Instructions:
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, add the sugar and the orange juice; stir just until the sugar has dissolved.

  2. Increase heat and bring mixture to a boil; boil approximately 15 minutes, stirring, until mixture starts to get thick and crystallize.  NOTE: There will be a rim of sugar that crystallizes out around the edge of the pan, and the mixture will become quite thick and syrupy and will have a lot of sugar crystals in it.  Remove from heat and stir in the walnuts or pecans

  3. Add salt and cayenne pepper.  Place the walnuts onto a non-stick baking sheet using two warm wet spoons to prevent sticking.  Cool and store in an airtight container.


Cheese    Fall    Fruit Salads    Parmesan Cheese - Asiago Cheese    Pears   

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