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Endive Salad with Stilton, Pear and Walnuts

Updated On: May 10, 2024

Endive Salad with Stilton, Pear and Walnuts is a super simple, yet elegant, salad that comes together incredible quick and is bright and fresh with tart bits of bleu cheese. Easy to make as a salad for one or two people or to feed a crowd.

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There is nothing I love more than a crisp salad filled with lots of sweet and savory bits.  Maybe it’s the thrill of getting a bite with everything on it, or the fun of seeking out every last morsel of cheese under crisp leaves of lettuce.  Whatever the case may be, I love it and so does my young family.  Salads of all shapes and colors are set on our dinner table weekly and, lucky for me, my kids gobble them up.

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Some may think of salad as a summer meal, but winter salads are just as wonderful and full of flavor.  Take this Belgian endive salad, for instance.  Beautifully ripe pears are typically only available in the fall and they pair perfectly with tangy blue cheese and earthy walnuts.  All that’s really needed to complete this salad is a drizzle of olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice and some fresh cracked pepper.

Endive Salad with Stilton, Pear & Walnuts | farmgirlgourmet.com

This is just one of many recipes that can be found in the American Diabetes Association Vegetarian Cookbook .  It was really tough to pick just one recipe from this book.  You don’t need to be a vegetarian or a person with diabetes to enjoy this cookbook.  See below for a few of the other recipes I loved.

ADA Vegetarian Cookbook

A few of my other favorite recipes from this book…

  • Creamy White Bean Soup with Basil & Olive Oil
  • Terra Cotta Cob Salad (think Southwestern cob)
  • Black Bean Patties with Cilantro & Lime
  • Garden Party Roast Vegetables with Pasta
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Don’t hesitate to make this salad.  It goes together quickly and the flavors meld like a beautiful symphony in your mouth.

Endive Salad with Stilton, Pear and Walnuts

A quick winter salad of Belgian endive, tangy Stilton, sweet pear and earthy walnuts. A drizzle of olive oil and lemon and salads on.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 heads endive thinly sliced crosswise into rounds
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled Stilton blue, or gorgonzola cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ripe pear halved, cored, and sliced thinly crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss.


Chef Steve’s Tips from the ADA Vegetarian Cookbook:
Walnuts are a nutrient-dense food packed with flavor. Being of
Russian descent, I remember my grandparents using walnuts
after keeping them in the freezer. This keeps walnuts fresher for
EXCHANGES/CHOICES 1/2 Fruit | 1 Vegetable | 2 Fat
Calories 155 | Calories from Fat 90 | Total Fat 10.0 g | Saturated Fat 2.2 g | Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 5 mg | Sodium 120 mg | Potassium 565 mg | Total Carbohydrate 13 g
Dietary Fiber 6 g | Sugars 5 g | Protein 5 g | Phosphorus 95 mg


Serving: 1gCalories: 155kcalFat: 10g
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. southerncheese says:

    Gorgeous photos! It’s a great recipe and I suspect it goes without saying, but the Stilton could be replaced with your favorite local, artisan blue cheese such as Bayley Hazen. Of course Stilton is fantastic but there are some other hidden gems out there to elevate this recipe for special occasions.

  2. Sandy Coughlin says:

    Such a beautiful salad! Love winter salads.

  3. Heather // girlichef says:

    I love this salad – simple, gorgeous, and packed with flavor!

  4. Sarah W. Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) says:

    This salad sounds amazing — love the combination of ingredients!

  5. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Love this salad, Heather! Great giveaway, too!

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