Pear, Hazelnut and Goat Cheese Salad

by Mary on November 28, 2013

salad with pear, hazelnut, and Humboldt Fog goat cheese

salad with pear, hazelnut, and goat cheese

Made this simple yet elegant salad with a ripe pear, toasted hazelnuts, and goat cheese the other night and it turned out so well I thought I’d write it up. I had a tiny wedge of Humboldt Fog goat cheese on hand and was glad I did- it’s really good stuff.

Pear, Hazelnut and Goat Cheese Salad
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp. champagne vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • For the salad:
  • 4 oz. salad greens (I used green and red leaf lettuce this time)
  • ⅓ cup hazelnuts
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese (Humboldt Fog in this case)
  • 1 ripe pear
  1. Wash, dry and shred greens.
  2. Dry-toast hazelnuts in a large pan for several minutes, stirring constantly. Remove when they become hot and fragrant and are just starting to brown.
  3. Cool and chop hazelnuts.
  4. Halve pear, core, slice into thin wedges.
  5. Crumble goat cheese.
  6. Combine dressing ingredients with greens in a large bowl, toss.
  7. Serve greens onto salad plates.
  8. Top with chopped hazelnuts, pears, crumbled goat cheese.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Jan December 1, 2013 at 6:52 am

Wow that flavour combination sounds absolutely delicious!! I love Goats Cheese on anything and even had it with my brunch this morning 🙂
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mary December 1, 2013 at 7:06 am

Thanks, Jan!


Jill December 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

This looks amazing. A combination of some of my favorite ingredients. I think I’ve found the salad for my Christmas Dinner menu 🙂
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mary December 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Thanks, Jill! And thanks for stopping by and saying hi, I appreciate it!


Stacie December 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

This recipe looks right up my alley! I’m so glad that I found your blog because it looks like you post some great recipes!


mary December 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Thank you Stacie! And thanks for visiting and commenting, I loved hearing from you!


Davida December 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

You officially combined three of my favorite flavors in one! And I have all three in the house. This salad is definitely happening once I’m through the Thanksgiving leftovers 🙂
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mary December 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Thanks Davida! I think I might make this for four or five once more of my family is here for the holidays and size up the recipe. So I’ll be making it again soon, too– I still have some Humboldt Fog cheese for it!


Alexis December 2, 2013 at 3:19 am

Mmmmm I love me some pears and goat cheese! Fabulous!


mary December 2, 2013 at 4:13 am

Thanks, Alexis!


Sunnie December 2, 2013 at 5:59 am

I have a feeling that we bloggers will be posting a lot of salads this week after all the Thanksgiving sweets haha! Looks amazingg Mary!


mary December 2, 2013 at 6:01 am

Yup, it’s really a good moment for salad isn’t it?


Elise December 3, 2013 at 12:32 am

This looks awesome! I’m always a sucker for some goat cheese


mary December 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Thanks Elise! And thanks for checking out my blog!


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